Canadiens being cagey about their plans for backup goalie Jake Allen
Claude Julien and Canadiens goaltending coach Stéphane Waite have a plan for Jake Allen but they’re not going to share the information.
“I don’t want to share our plan because things happen during the season and the plan you’ve shared changes,” Julien said on a video conference call Thursday. “We have looked at the schedule and made sort of a plan (but) there could be injuries, a goaltender gets hot or he’s struggling. But we want to give Carey a rest and Jake is gong to play his fair share of games.
“We want to make sure Carey is fresh and you’re not going to see a situation where Carey Price plays 45 of the 56 games and Jake plays 11,” Julien said.
Allen, who allowed only one goal during two periods of action in Thursday’s intrasquad game, said the coaching staff hasn’t shared its plan with him, but the 30-year-old has been both a starter and a backup in his NHL career and knows his job is to be ready whenever he gets the call.
Allen previously played with defenceman Joel Edmundson in St. Louis and is slowly getting acquainted with the rest of his new teammates.
“I’ve talked with most of the guys, just get to know them a little bit,” Allen said. “I’ve obviously talked to Carey the most out of anyone just a little bit to understand him and get to know his personality and the way he is on and off the ice. It’s been great so far. He’s a super nice guy, laid back and works hard on the ice. It’s going to be a good match. It’s great to get to know the guys here. It’s a short camp, so I’m trying to get to know everyone as quick as possible. It’s good to start off with a road trip, too. I think that’ll help me and the new guys bond with the veteran guys a little easier than being at home from the start.”
Allen said he’s still learning to pronounce Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s name, but has learned the youngster has a wrist shot that’s at the “next level.”
Perry taking it one day at a time: Veteran Corey Perry has won a Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, but the 35-year-old is currently not among the top 12 forwards in camp.
“You want to play every single night and you have to prove yourself every day,” Perry said. “Today’s another example, you have to go out and prove yourself. We got a day off tomorrow and then you come back Saturday and do it all over again. There are some great hockey payers on this team and there are only so many spots, but that’s a good thing.”
Perry provides the Canadiens with a net presence, particularly on the power play, but he has lost a step over the years and his playing time may be limited if the Canadiens’ power play gets off to a good start without him.