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Jan 16, 2024; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) takes to the ice
Jan 16, 2024; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) takes to the ice / Brett Holmes-USA TODAY Sports
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Jake Allen can give several contenders insurance for more than just 2024

There will be a lot of rentals this season, and it’s no different from what we have seen in past trade deadlines. But there are also players who can give perennial contenders not just one, but two years, and Jake Allen is one of those older players who makes for an incredible insurance policy in 2024 and 2025. 

It’s been another long season for Allen and the Montreal Canadiens, and it shows on the stat sheet. But he also has 11 years of experience, and Allen is only a few years removed from what was an epic outing back in 2019-20 when he posted a 0.927 save percentage and a 2.15 GAA in 24 games. 

While we shouldn’t expect that kind of productivity from Allen, he would be great for a team with less-than-stellar situations at the position. Teams like the Edmonton Oilers, who have a solid, but inconsistent netminder in Stuart Skinner, is one organization to potentially make a call. And you can say the same for the Carolina Hurricanes, despite Pyotr Kochetkov’s recent surge.  

You also can’t talk about goaltenders potentially on the move without mentioning the Devils, so if they don’t end up with someone like Markstrom, Allen could be a solid consolation.