Jake Allen focused on being “leader on and off ice” after wrapping up 2-year contract with Canadiens

Jake Allen is all set to take responsibility as Canadiens goalie for the next 2-years, looking forward mostly to the upcoming NHL season starting this month.

Jake Allen
Jake Allen

On Saturday, Montreal Canadiens publicized their 2-year contract sign-up with goalie Jake Allen for $7.7 million. Allen will be receiving an AAV (annual average value) of $3.85 million that’ll be in effect throughout the 2024-25 season.

Earlier in 2020, he was traded by his ex-team, the St. Louis Blues, and later acted as the backup for Carey Price. In 2021 the Canadiens reached close to the end rope of the playoffs but were cut loose by Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 games. He played a significant role during the team’s run this year.

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“For me, it’s a great opportunity” – Jake Allen stated regarding his new deal

Jake Allen
Jake Allen

Last season Allen recorded a score of 9-20-4  with a 3.30 GAA, a .905 save percentage, and 2 shutouts in 35 games. This was the final year of his 2-year contract and things did take a sour step as the team ended up with the worst NHL record last season. The Canadiens recorded 22-49-11.

Regarding his penning down the deal, Allen stated, “For me, it’s a great opportunity,” Allen said Sept. 12. “Obviously coming here three years ago I never would have expected this; playing behind Carey Price you don’t ever expect this but that’s how quick things can change in this game.” 

“For me personally it’s another great chance to play some more games in a role that, in the grand scheme of things, I think I’ve had more or less in the last two years with the injuries and the situations.” He can truly become an important chess piece during this season or may fall out, completely missing his chances.

To reassure his stance, Allen further commented, “Right now, my focus is just here”. “… I have no control over the future. I am just coming in here to play well, play well for this group, be a leader on and off the ice. … Whatever happens after that, I don’t have any control over. I am going to play my best and hopefully stay here for a while.”

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Kaushani Chatterjee is an NHL writer at FirstSportz. She started her writing journey with the publication of her first book in 2019. She is a travel freak and a photographer. Currently, she is enjoying her career as an NHL writer, and as an author.