June 13, 2024

Elliotte Friedman doesn’t think the Edmonton Oilers and Jake Allen are still together. Although he doesn’t say that a trade between the Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens was ever likely, he does say that he thought Allen had a good chance of joining the Oilers. He no longer believes that. He says the Oilers are supposedly done.

“I really do think there was a time this year I thought Jake Allen was going to be in Edmonton, now I’m not convinced that’s going to happen,” Friedman said in the most recent episode of the podcast 32 Thoughts. The Canadiens’ asking price is perhaps part of the reason. Additionally, the rationale

Heck, even Jack Campbell, who plays for the Bakersfield Condors in the AHL, has begun to make some progress. This might all add up to the Oilers reevaluating their approach and the urgent need to find a goaltender. A string of 12 victories will quickly stop a poor deal. The Oilers have allowed themselves enough time and leeway to choose wisely. Honestly, if they still feel the need to make a move, they can now wait until just before the NHL trade deadline.

Other Goalies Have Entered the Conversation

Furthermore, Allen isn’t the sole suitable choice if the Oilers do want a goaltender. According to recent speculations, Juuse Saros could be available outside of Nashville for the proper amount of money. If the Minnesota Wild are eliminated from the playoff picture, they may be willing to trade Marc-Andre Fleury. For the Oilers, Mackenzie Blackwood from San Jose might even make more sense. GM Ken Holland will have options, that’s the purpose. There are now more options besides Jake Allen.

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