Canadiens bolster goaltending by acquiring Jake Allen from Blues for picks

The Montreal Canadiens added experience in goal Wednesday, dealing for St. Louis netminder Jake Allen.

The Blues will also send a 2022 seventh-round pick to Montreal for two selections in this year’s draft previously acquired — Washington’s third-round choice and a seventh-rounder from Chicago.

“I want to personally thank Jake for his dedication to the St. Louis Blues organization during his entire time as a Blue,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement released by the team. “He has always been a top tier professional who has done everything we have asked of him. We wish Jake and his wife Shannon nothing but the best in Montreal.”

Allen, who hails from Fredericton, shone in a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series loss to Vancouver, posting a scintillating 1.95 goals-against average and .935 save percentage after 2.15, .927 totals in 24 regular-season games.

Allen, who will partner with fellow veteran goaltender Carey Price, has one year left on his contract. Getting Allen’s $4.35 million US cap hit off the books is more significant because it increases the chances of re-signing pending free-agent defenceman Alex Pietrangelo.