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Minnesota Wild Linked To Montreal Canadiens Goaltender In Potential Trade

Published January 1, 2024 at 9:22 PM
BY GRAHAM MONTGOMERY
     
The Minnesota Wild's biggest concern this season has come in net. Both their goaltenders have put up sub-par seasons and with the team having legitimate playoff aspirations, they may be forced to make a move to upgrade in net. One goalie they have been linked to has been involved in numerous trade rumors already this season.

Wild Reportedly Interested In Canadiens Goaltender Jake Allen



The Montreal Canadiens have been doing something that is quite unusual this season. They have been running with three goaltenders. Jake Allen has generally been the best of the three which makes sense as several teams including the Oilers and now the Minnesota Wild have reportedly been asking about his price. Kaden Primeau has been better as of late, but he likely figures to be part of the Canadiens' long-term plan anyways. Allen, on the other hand, does not as he is already 33 years old.

Since December 1st, Jake Allen and Cayden Primeau have started 3 games each and Montembeault has started 5. Allen is getting his 4th start tonight and likely Monty's 6th tomorrow.


Here are the 3 #Habs goalies' stats since then:


That being said, Allen has still provided the team with solid goaltending all season long and he could be had as a reasonable price assuming Kent Hughes is being reasonable about his value.

Wild Place Gustavsson On Injured Reserve



Further complicating things for the wild is the fact that Filip Gustavsson has just been placed on injured reserve and he could miss significant time. This puts pressure on the Wild to acquire a goalie via trade unless their plan is to run with rookie goaltender Jesper Wallstedt.


Wallstedt has yet to play a game in the NHL but has been very good in the AHL this season, posting a save percentage north of .930. At this point it only seems like a matter of time before he is an NHL regular starting goaltender. In the meantime though, the Wild may want a veteran presence in net as they may not want to rush the kid to the show before he is ready.

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