CH: negotiations with Jake Allen

CH: negotiations with Jake Allen


When he arrived in Montreal in 2020-21, Jake Allen expected to open the door for his teammates on the team bench more often than jumping on the ice to block pucks.  

We know the story. With injuries to Carey Price for two years, Allen has put on the pads of the team's number one goaltender. And he will do it again with the more than likely absence of Price for the entire 2022-2023 year. 

The 32-year-old New Brunswick native will enter the final year of a two-year pact that will earn him an average of $2.875 million. 

Upon his arrival at the golf tournament of the team, Allen confirmed rumors of a possible contract extension with the Habs. 

“I can say that there have been discussions, but I will not go into the details, mentioned the sympathetic masked man. We talk to each other. When I made my debut here, I did not expect to play so much. I expected to be number two with Price. In hockey, things change quickly. »

The Canadiens had nothing to announce on Monday regarding a new contract for Cole Caufield, who is completing the third and final year of his rookie deal.

“I find it sad for Carey, we make a better hockey team with him. But for me, it's another chance to play often.

Allen is expected to share the job with Samuel Montembeault this season. Cayden Primeau, who was signed to a three-year, one-way contract, will also want to mix things up in camp. 

Nothing for Caufield

In the contract department, there is also the fate of Cole Caufield which will command attention. The number 22 will already be playing the third and final year of his rookie deal. 

When asked if Hughes has ever knocked on his door to renew his deal, Caufield was not the man the most talkative on earth. 

“I focus on my game, I don't control that part,” he replied. To my knowledge, there were no negotiations. »