Blues trade goalie Jake Allen to Canadiens


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  The St. Louis Blues have traded goalie Jake Allen to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for two draft picks in the 2020 NHL Draft. 

The Blues will also send their seventh-round pick in 2022 to Montreal.

Allen had one year left on his contract with St. Louis and the team has cleared some cap space by moving him. His departure could be a major step in re-signing captain Alex Pietrangelo to a long-term contract. 

With the trade of Jake Allen to Montreal, the #stlblues remove $4.35 million off the books from their cap.

— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) September 2, 2020

He is second all-time in Blues history for shutouts, with 21, trailing only Brian Elliott's 25.

The 30-year-old was drafted by the Blues in the second round (34th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft. He has played his entire career with St. Louis, posting a 148-94-26 record and a 2.50 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 289 career regular-season games. He was part of last year's Stanley Cup championship team. 

Blues fans have taken to social media to thank Allen for his time in St. Louis: 

One of my favorite moments of the Jake Allen era was this show-stopping save during his rookie year in 2012-13 ... the call from @Panger40 cracks me up to this day ----

— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) September 2, 2020

A Stanley Cup Champion forever.148 career wins.Thank you, Jake Allen.St. Louis will miss you.

— Chief Berube (@NotChiefBerube) September 2, 2020

A big thanks from this side of the world to @34jallen for all his years in the Bluenote! I wish him all the success in the world in Montreal, a truly great guy I think and a good goalie who gave it his all for our #Stlblues! @StLouisBluesAnd now: KEEP #27

— Gerard-DutchBluesFan (@Dutch_Bluesfan) September 2, 2020

"I want to personally thank Jake for his dedication to the St. Louis Blues organization during his entire time as a Blue," said Armstrong. "He has always been a top-tier professional who has done everything we have asked of him. We wish Jake and his wife Shannon nothing but the best in Montreal."

Allen has been the Blues backup goalie since the rise of Jordan Binnington in January 2019. 

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