The Canadiens’ three goaltenders have been sharing the net since the very start of the season. There’s going to have to be some movement soon, as a three-goalie situation is far from ideal. Kent Hughes has to find a way to trade one of them, but nobody seems to want to.
Kent Hughes’ first option would have been to send Jake Allen to Carolina with the Hurricanes, while Antti Raanta performed poorly and was traded to the AHL via the lottery.
However, Carolina has other plans in mind and has decided to give a free agent a chance rather than go after the Habs’ number 34.
The Hurricanes agreed to a free-agent tryout contract with Aaron Dell last night, same as they had done last month with Jaroslav Halak although that didn’t produce an NHL contract. We’ll see if Dell sticks around or not post tryout.
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 18, 2023
The idea didn’t work with Jaroslav Halak for the Hurricanes in November. If it still doesn’t work out, maybe they can start checking their options to acquire Jake Allen.
The problem is that several teams seem to know the Canadiens’ situation in front of the net, so they’re in no hurry to make a deal to acquire one of the three goaltenders. That’s what Renaud Lavoie reported on BPM Sports Monday morning.
According to Lavoie, the Devils and Hurricanes are well aware of the Canadiens’ goaltending situation, but won’t be willing to make a deal because Jake Allen isn’t interesting.
He also explains that the Habs aren’t considering a trade for Allen, even if his performances are poor. Why not? Because the organization likes the man he is and how he can set an example in the dressing room as a veteran.
With G Copley’s injury and being placed on LTIR, I’m told the @LAKings are looking at a likely #3 Type Goalie to help their depth. They’re limited cap wise once Arvidsson returns from injury.
The Goalie Carousel is spinning. #HockeyX #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/7T1hJfv7WL
– Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) December 18, 2023
NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes explains that the Kings are looking for a goalie with the talent of a number three, and they don’t have much room under the salary cap. I imagine Kent Hughes might be willing to keep a good chunk of Allen’s salary to complete the deal.
And the Devils, for their part, are still in the running to acquire a goaltender who can help Vitek Vanecek and Akira Schmid, who don’t have the level to support their talented team that aspires to go far in the playoffs. Jake Allen might not be a good idea in terms of talent for New Jersey. The team would in fact be looking for an elite goaltender, like John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks.
There’s still a lot of work to be done by Kent Hughes in order to destroy the Canadiens’ ménage à trois in front of the net, but one thing’s for sure: there are plenty of options open to him with just a few months to go before the trade deadline.
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