NHL: Canadiens sign Jake Allen, Hurricanes ink Calvin de Haan, and more
The Montreal Canadiens signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year, $7.7 million contract extension on Saturday.
The deal has an average annual value of $3.85 million and runs through the end of the 2024-25 season.
“Nothing changes for me with this contract for things like that from a hockey perspective,” Allen said. “We’re going to have some young players back there but we’ve got some savvy veterans as well. I understand where we’re trying to go with this team and my job’s to try to be a leader back there, be a stable presence in the net and sort of continue what I’ve been doing the last couple of years here, and nothing really changes from that front for me personally.”NHL.com
Canadiens extend Jake Allen
Allen, 32, was 9-20-4 with a 3.30 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and two shutouts in 35 games last season.
He owns a 168-126-35 career record with a 2.60 GAA, .911 save percentage and 23 shutouts in 353 games with the St. Louis Blues (2012-20) and Canadiens.
Allen won the Stanley Cup with St. Louis in 2019 and was traded to Montreal on Sept. 2, 2020 for two seventh-round draft picks.
“I’ll never fill Carey’s shoes, I’m blunt in saying that,” Allen said. “I never will. I’m just going to be me, and I think they value that here and I value what they’re trying to do.”
Hurricanes ink Calvin de Haan
The Carolina Hurricanes signed defenseman Calvin de Haan to a one-year, $850,000 contract on Saturday.
The 31-year-old unrestricted free agent joined the Hurricanes for training camp on a professional tryout and registered an assist in his preseason debut Thursday against the Florida Panthers.
de Haan previously played for Carolina in 2018-19 and registered one goal and 13 assists in 74 games.
He had four goals and four assists in 69 games last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“We obviously knew Calvin from his previous time in Carolina,” general manager Don Waddell said in a news release. “We like what we’ve seen from him in camp and saw this as an opportunity to increase our depth on the back end.”
A first-round pick by the New York Islanders in 2009, de Haan has 119 points (19 goals, 100 assists) in 520 games with the Islanders, Hurricanes and Blackhawks.
Leafs Carl Dahlstrom out 6 months
The Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Carl Dahlstrom got some bad news regarding his shoulder after getting injured in Wednesday’s 3-0 exhibition win over the Montreal Canadiens.
“Carl is going to require surgery,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said Friday. “It’s going to be a six-month recovery, so bad news on that front.”NHL.com
Dahlstrom, 27, registered 2 assists in 3 games last season for the Maple Leafs. For his career, he has 12 assists in 67 games with stops on the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets.
Nico Hischier out 10 days
New Jersey Devils captain Nico Hischier suffered a hamstring strain during Monday night’s preseason game and will be sidelined for at least 10 days.
Devils coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday that Hischier underwent tests earlier this week and will be re-evaluated in 10 days. Hischier left in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens and didn’t play in Tuesday’s preseason contest versus the New York Islanders.
Hischier, 23, tallied 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) – career highs across the board – in 70 games last season.
Ruff also said goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood wasn’t feeling well and left Thursday’s morning skate. His status for Thursday night’s preseason game against the New York Rangers is unclear. Vitek Vanecek will play if Blackwood is unable to go.
The Devils open their season Oct. 13 at Philadelphia.
–Field Level Media