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Canadiens: Justin Barron And Jake Allen Done For The Season

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that defenceman Justin Barron and goalie Jake Allen will miss the remainder of the season.

Barron suffered an ankle injury in a 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on April 5 and Allen suffered a groin injury in a 3-2  loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs this past Saturday at the Bell Centre.

Thankfully for Barron, the team reported that his injury will not require surgery and he should be ready for training camp next fall. The team also noted that Allen’s injury was not the same one that forced him to miss two months earlier this season.

 

Justin Barron, and a 2024 second round round pick, were acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for winger Artturi Lehkonen just prior to the March 21 NHL Trade Deadline. The 20-year-old right-shot defenceman filled a major need for the Montreal Canadiens, as they lacked players of his ilk in their prospect pool and on their pro-level roster. Prior to suffering the ankle injury, Barron scored his first NHL goal in that same game against the Senators. He had one goal and one assist in seven games for the Canadiens. The 25th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft is one of the Canadiens’ most promising prospects and appears to be on his way to becoming a regular on the Montreal Canadiens’ blue line next season.

As referenced above, it’s been a nightmare season for Jake Allen. With Carey Price out to start the season, Allen was handed over the reigns as the starting goalie for the Montreal Canadiens but on Jan. 12, the veteran netminder suffered a groin injury that would keep him out of game action until March 17. He appeared in nine more games before suffering this latest groin injury. Allen finished the season with a record of 9-20-4 with a 3.30 GAA and .905 save percentage.

The Canadiens recalled Cayden Primeau on Sunday and will go with a tandem of Primeau and Sam Montembeault until and if Carey Price returns. Price is traveling with the team on their quick one-game road trip to Columbus for their game against the Blue Jackets Wednesday.

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