After signifying that they saw Jake Allen as their starter by trading Brian Elliott a week ago, the St. Louis Blues put their money where their mouth was.
After allowing three members of their veteran core to depart over the past week in Brian Elliott, David Backes, and Troy Brouwer, the St. Louis Blues made a sizable investment in one of their own on Friday morning, announcing that they’ve signed goalie Jake Allen to a four-year contract extension worth $17.4 million.
If there’s any reason that last year’s trade of Elliott to the Calgary Flames hadn’t already, this deal cements the status of the 25-year-old Allen as the Blues’ long-term starter in net. It’s a bold investment considering that he’s never started more than 44 games in an NHL season and has yet to win a playoff series, but obviously the Blues feel that he has what it takes to help them navigate through the playoffs on a year-in, year-out basis.
Over 99 career NHL games, Allen is 57-26-7 with a .915 save percentage, 2.34 goals-against average, and 11 shutouts. According to Hockey Reference, he has a .551 career “quality start” percentage, meaning that he’s a slightly above-average NHL starter.
Allen will definitely need to step up his playoff performance with this new deal; through 11 games (eight starts), he’s 3-5 with a .902 save percentage and .229 goals-against average.