Toronto Maple Leafs: Top 5 Goaltenders to Replace Frederik Andersen

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 05: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings tends the net against William Nylander #88 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Staples Center on March 05, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 05: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings tends the net against William Nylander #88 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Staples Center on March 05, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 11: Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 11: Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

#4. Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington replaced Allen as the starting goaltender in St. Louis, so with Allen’s contract expiring at the end of the 2020-21 season, it may be time to move on.

Both Allen and Binnington are set to become free agents at the same time, so at the current pace that Binnington is playing at, you’d have to imagine that he will be getting a huge raise from his current $4.4 million cap-hit

Therefore, it makes Allen’s time in St. Louis essentially finished, as the Blues won’t be able to afford both goalies.

Although Allen has struggled at times over the years, he’s been solid as the back-up this year. Maybe it’s less pressure, but Allen has seemed to find his game as you can see with this stats:

  • 2019-20: 12-6-3, .927 SV %, 2.15 GAA

Allen is 29 years old, and has been through ups and downs as a player, but he has shown that he can be a number-one goaltender in the NHL.

It’ll be tough for Allen to ask for much of a raise from his current $4.35 million per year contract, so you’d be saving money with Allen if the Leafs wanted to acquire him.

He may not have been the starter during the Blues’ cup run, but he was in the room for that championship and can speak to that experience, which is invaluable in the dressing room.