Cont’d: “In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sean Monahan is amongst the first forwards to get dealt before the deadline”
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) January 11, 2024
Right now, Jake Allen really seems to be too much for Montreal. With Samuel Montembeault emerging as a true #1 goaltender and Cayden Primeau playing good hockey in front of his team’s net, a veteran like Allen (who plays ordinary hockey at best) doesn’t seem to have a place with the Habs.
And I say this with all due respect for Allen, who’s had some good times in town and is probably better than his numbers suggest. But right now, if he could leave, it would put everyone in the right chair.
In fact, when you look at the state of goaltending across the league, you’d think teams would be interested in picking up another keeper. Yet, months into the season, Kent Hughes has still not been able to pass him on to another club.
In fact, according to Biron, the Habs are simply unable to get offers for their goaltender because his salary is too high and too many clubs don’t have enough room under the salary cap to absorb $3.85 million a year with Allen’s pact.
Even if they try to trade him, the Habs have no offer for Jake Allen!
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) January 11, 2024
And at the same time, Allen isn’t playing up to his salary either. That complicates things, too.
The good news for Kent Hughes is that other players in his organization should be easier to trade. On Insider Trading, Darren Dreger says Monahan is a target for many teams looking for depth at center… and Dreger notes that Monahan could be one of the first players traded in the NHL.
Dreger recalls that the Habs told Monahan last summer that they would trade him to a team when the time was right (read: when he wasn’t injured), and obviously, the deal still stands.
Stu Cowan would be surprised if Savard didn’t bring the Habs a first-round pick if he had to trade him, plain and simple.
– The Sick Podcast with Tony Marinaro (@thesickpodcasts) January 11, 2024
So we’ll see what Kent Hughes’ plan is for March 8, but while Allen could be complicated to trade despite needs in front of net across the league, guys like Monahan and Savard seem to be of interest to various NHL clubs.
It’ll be interesting to follow.
– Long absences for Trevor Zegras and Pavel Mintyukov.
Injury Update: Trevor Zegras suffered a broken ankle on Tuesday and will have surgery in the near future. He will be out approximately 6-8 weeks.
In the same game, Pavel Mintyukov suffered a separated shoulder and will be out approximately six weeks.https://t.co/dVPHlhrPSB
– Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 11, 2024
– The Blackhawks are in the news again for a legal matter.
The Chicago Blackhawks this week asked a court to dismiss a negligence lawsuit filed by a former player who alleges he was sexually assaulted during the 2009-10 Stanley Cup season and playoffs by former team video coach Brad Aldrich.
The NHL team says the player took too long to…
– Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) January 11, 2024
– To be continued.