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Allen: The market is crazy, but Elliotte Friedman doesn’t think his price is astronomical
Eventually, the Canadiens will have to solve their three-way problem in front of the net.

We know that Samuel Montembeault is here to stay (Kent Hughes confirmed yesterday, at the Antichambre, that it would have been easier to trade him as a rental player) and that a three-man roster isn’t the ideal project… but right now, the Habs are caught in that situation.

It’s hard because Jake Allen and Cayden Primeau are pros, but ideally, one of them would be traded.

On that subject, you really have to wonder when Jake Allen will make the move to another Bettman team. Because yes, he’s the #1 candidate to leave.

We know that Kent Hughes is asking for a first- or second-round pick, and David Pagnotta, on TSN 690, confirmed that this is the right price range for a guy like Allen.

The question is, though, whether Kent Hughes is willing to withhold money or take on a nasty contract to get his price. But that’s hard to know right now.

We’ll see in due course.

I said it yesterday, but I’d try to restore Allen’s confidence by giving him the game against the Sharks on Thursday. That way, Kent Hughes could have an easier time of it in the coming weeks.

And if there’s one way he wouldn’t get any value, it’s to be sent to the waivers to head for Laval. That’s why Renaud Lavoie (TVA Sports ) says the Habs won’t do it.

To give Jake Allen value, the Habs GM will also have to be patient. Inevitably, the more time goes by, the less the goaltender’s contract seems to weigh, due to the passage of time.

To be continued.

In a row

– Speaking of goalies.

– A machine.

– Good question.

– Of note.

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