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HABS SIGN JAKE ALLEN TO CONTRACT EXTENSION

Apparently the Montreal Canadiens have more long-term plans for goaltender Jake Allen. In early September, the Habs acquired Allen and a 2022 seventh-round pick from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for third- and seventh-round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft. Allen had one-year remaining on his contract paying him $4.35 million. Many felt this was a temporary fix for Montreal and Allen would be cut loose after next season. Not so fast.

" Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with goaltender Jake Allen (until the end of the 2022-23 season)," said the team in a release. "The deal has an average annual value of $2.875 million."

That's about $1.5 million less than what Allen has been making for the last four years. The new deal will kick in after the 2020-21 season.

Allen, 30, played 24 games with the St. Louis Blues in 2019-20 and posted a 12-6-3 record with a 2.15 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, while also earning two shutouts. The Fredericton, NB native also made five playoff appearances with St. Louis in 2020, registering a 2-1-1 record with a 1.89 GAA and a .935 save percentage.



Allen has played 289 NHL career games, all with St. Louis. Drafted in 2008 by the Blues (2nd round, 34th overall), the 6'2", 203 lbs netminder has a career 148-94-26 record, 2.50 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

TIM TUCKER
OCTOBER 14, 2020  (13H04)