Blues Sign Jake Allen to a Two-Year Contract
The St. Louis Blues have agreed on a two-year, $4.7 million contract with netminder Jake Allen.
24-year old Allen was a restricted free agent, but will now take home $2.2 million next season, rising to $2.5 million in 2016-2017, as the Blues look to move forward with the Fredericton, New Brunswick native and partner Brian Elliott for the next two seasons
St. Louis welcomed their young goaltender back with this slick show reel – though one sequence seemed to squeeze through editing and isn’t actually Allen! See if you can spot which one:
In 37 games for the Blues last season, Allen went 22-7-4 with a .913 save percentage and 2.28 goals against average. Allen also started all six games of the Blues’ Western Conference quarter final loss to Minnesota.
The former Drummondville Voltigeurs stopper was drafted by St. Louis in the second round of the 2008 draft (34th overall), and is seen as the Blues long term option between the pipes. The mid-season arrival of legendary netminder Martin Brodeur put Allen under some pressure, but Allen would go on to lead all rookie goaltenders in wins and tied a Blues rookie record with four shutouts, becoming just the second rookie goaltender in club history to post consecutive shutouts.
The deal represents what is commonly referred to as a ‘bridge contract’ for Allen, who will be a restricted free agent again in 2017. With Elliott becoming an unrestricted free agent in the same year, the term should allow Allen time to impress and claim the Blues #1 job outright, potentially cashing in the next time the two parties sit down together.
With Allen’s services secured, veteran team mate Elliott also took time out to welcome his partner back, doing so in his own unique way:
— Brian Elliott (@KidElls1) July 3, 2015