Montreal Canadiens give backup goalie Jake Allen extension

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

The Habs will pay Allen $4.35 million this season, as he is in the a year ago of a four-season, $17.4 million contract signed with the Blues on July 1, 2016.

Fresh off a 2019-20 campaign that saw him post 22 goals and 43 points through 59 games - and four points in nine post-season tilts - Gallagher remains an undeniably key piece of Montreal's offence, his role as the team's emotional heartbeat matched by his notable contributions on the scoresheet during his time in Montreal thus far.

His 22 goals were tied with Tomas Tatar for most on the club.

The Montreal Canadiens signed netminder Jake Allen to a two-year, $5.75-million extension, the team announced Wednesday. It marked the third straight season Gallagher has led the Canadiens in goals.

In eight National Hockey League seasons with the Canadiens, Gallagher has registered 334 points (173 goals, 161 assists) in 547 regular season games. The deal is worth $2.875 million per season and keeps the 30-year-old under contract through the 2022-23 season.

The Habs acquired Allen from the St. Louis Blues on September 2, in return for a third and seventh-round pick.

Last season, Allen played 24 games with the Blues, posting a 12-6-3 record with a 2.15 goals-against average, a.927 save percentage and two shutouts.

The Fredericton native also made five playoff appearances, registering a 2-1-1 record with a 1.89 GAA and a.935 save percentage.

Gallagher was selected in the fifth round (147th overall) by the Canadiens at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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