By Patrick Kelly
With the Blues heading into an offseason where the salary cap is unknown and they are set to have three goalies on one-way deals, it should come as no surprise that they traded Jake Allen. Wednesday morning, the Blues announced they traded Allen and a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for 2020 third- and seventh-round picks.
Drafted 34th overall in 2008, Allen played his first game for the Blues in the 2012 playoffs, taking over the backup role the next year. As Allen’s career with the Blues progressed, his role changed, starting as a two-goalie tandem and slowly working his way into the starting role for four years. Allen’s starting job was taken a year ago in January by Jordan Binnington, but Allen was a team player the whole way, even acting as a scouting goalie as the playoffs progressed.
It is sad to see Allen go but it is something that had to happen. Ville Husso has been one of the organization’s top prospects and if it wasn’t for a season-ending injury last year, he could have been the goalie called up instead of Binnington. Allen gave the fans of St. Louis some of his best years and although it was rough at times, he is leaving with a ton of respect from everyone and most importantly, will always be a Stanley Cup champion.