Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen, currently fourth on TSN’s Trade Bait list, is becoming a hot commodity in the NHL trade market. With previous links to the Edmonton Oilers, it’s the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes that are now emerging as potential suitors.
Both teams, who find themselves grappling to secure playoff positions in the Eastern Conference, are reportedly scouring the trade market for additional depth in goaltending. Allen, known for his experience and reliability, could be the answer to their early season dilemmas.
The New Jersey Devils have shown considerable growth this season but remain inconsistent in the net. Acquiring Allen could provide the stability needed to solidify their defensive line and make a significant push for a playoff spot.
Similarly, the Carolina Hurricanes, despite having a strong lineup, have faced unexpected challenges in goal. With the mid-season fast approaching and the race tightening, bringing in a goaltender of Allen’s caliber could be the key to ensuring their spot in the postseason.
New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes in the Hunt for Canadiens’ Jake Allen
Allen’s experience, particularly in high-pressure situations, makes him an attractive target. He’s demonstrated his ability to handle the rigors of playoff hockey, which is invaluable for teams eyeing a postseason run.
Montreal’s asking price for Allen is still unclear, but it’s expected to be high given the demand for quality goaltenders. However, for the Devils and Hurricanes, the investment could be well worth it, considering what’s at stake.
As the NHL trade deadline approaches, keep an eye on these teams. The addition of Jake Allen could be a game-changer in the Eastern Conference playoff race.