Montreal Canadiens Rumors: Veteran Goalie "Confident He's Essential" To Team's Future

Montreal Canadiens veteran goaltender Jake Allen has expressed his dedication to the team as the 2022-23 regular season recently came to a close.

Despite turning 33 in August, Allen has no plans of leaving the team, even if it means serving as a backup to starting goaltender Sam Montembeault.

Allen signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens last October, which will keep him with the team until the 2024-25 season.

While Allen's role as a backup goaltender may not be what he hoped for, he understands the importance of providing veteran support and mentorship to Montembeault and the team's other younger goaltenders.

“I think Sam’s going to be a bright part of this team’s future. My job is to help him.”

However, the Canadiens' goaltending situation remains uncertain.

While Montembeault has established himself as the starting goaltender, young goalie Cayden Primeau has shown promise but has been inconsistent. This uncertainty could make it challenging to trade Allen, as his contract includes a no-trade clause, and the number of teams he can be dealt to is limited.

Ultimately, the Canadiens' decision regarding Allen's future with the team will depend on various factors, including the performance of the team as a whole and the development of the younger goaltenders.

Nevertheless, Allen's dedication to the Canadiens and willingness to serve in whatever role is needed is admirable and can provide significant benefits to the team's long-term success. Photo Credit:  David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports