NHL Rumors: 2 Teams Interested in Canadiens' Jake Allen

The Montreal Canadiens have essentially taken one of their three goalies off the trade market with the 3-year extension handed out to Samuel Montembeault. He's certainly deserved it with his play this year. But that hasn't stopped teams from poking around on one of the other netminders. 

According to a report, the Seattle Kraken and Buffalo Sabres have both reached out to Montreal GM Kent Hughes to enquire about the availability of Jake Allen, per Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia.

The 33-year-old Allen sports a seven-team no-trade clause, however, in the two-year, $3.85M cap hit contract extension that runs through next season.

Allen has started 10 games thus far this season, and holds a 3-5-2 mark with a 3.74 goals against and an .898 save percentage, all numbers that would represent career-worst marks. 

His impressive 11-year career has seen Allen post a 186-155-40 record, with a 2.50 GAA and a .914 Sv%. 

Goaltending has become even more critical for the Kraken this season, given that their offense is generating just 2.7 goals per contest, which is 29th of 32 teams. They're winless in 17 games in which they’ve failed to score at least four times. That means an improvement is needed on the .883 Sv% they've gotten so far from Philipp Grubauer and Joey Daccord. 

As for the Sabres, they seem to be in the market for a veteran goalie to help out with youngsters  Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Devon Levi. Eric Comrie has been dreadful thus far in his seven starts.

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