The Montreal Canadiens announced on Saturday that they've agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension worth $7.7 million ($3.85 million AAV) with goaltender Jake Allen
His extension will see him earn
$4.4 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus in 2023-24 and $3.3 million, including a $1 million signing bonus, in 2024-25. It also includes a limited no-trade clause in both years of the deal.
With Carey Price
's career likely over, Allen is set to take on the starting role, or at least form a 1A/1B with Samuel Montembeault
, like they did during the 2021-22 season. The Canadiens have some solid goaltending prospects including Frederik Dichow, Jakub Dobes and they still have Cayden Primeau
, but goaltenders take time to develop. Until someone is ready, Allen will hold down the fort.
Allen, 32, was traded to the Canadiens in September 2020 in exchange for a pair of draft picks. In 35 games for Montreal last season, the Fredericton native had a 9-20-4 record, along with a 3.30 GAA, a .905 save percentage and two shutouts.