Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday that the team agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with goaltender Jake Allen.
The deal, which runs through the 2022-23 season, has an average annual value of US$2.875 million.
He gives the Canadiens a proven, veteran backup goalie to Carey Price.
“Obviously, you want to be in the net all the time, that’s just the nature of a goaltender and an athlete in general,” Allen said during a conference call after the trade. “But for me, definitely looking to have a great next season, especially in a new start in Montreal. Looking forward to a new opportunity … a new opportunity opens a lot of doors. For me, I’m just looking forward to putting on a Canadiens sweater for the first time.”
Allen was the Blues’ No. 1 goalie when he signed a four-year, US$17.4-million contract before the 2017-18 season, but lost that spot to Jordan Binnington in January 2019. Binnington ended up leading the Blues to their first Stanley Cup championship last season, while Allen became his backup.
Last season, Allen played 24 games with the Blues, posting a 12-6-3 record with a 2.15 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and two shutouts. He also made five playoff appearances, posting a 2-1-1 record with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.
Allen played junior hockey in the QMJHL with the Montreal Juniors.