Hopefully Montreal fans kept the tags on their Bryan Allen jerseys.
The veteran defenseman, acquired on Nov. 20 from Anaheim in exchange for Rene Bourque, will be placed on waivers Monday afternoon, the club announced this morning.
Allen, 35, has only appeared in five games for Montreal since coming over from the Ducks, scoring one assist while averaging just 12:44 TOI per game. The writing on the wall may have come in his last game, all the way back on Dec. 3 — Allen played just 9:10 total, with only left winger Eric Tangradi playing less.
(With that said, part of acquiring Allen was to get Bourque’s contract — which had two years left at $3.3M per — off the books. So while Allen didn’t play much, he did serve a purpose.)
It’ll be interesting to see if any team takes a flier via waivers. Allen’s not cheap — carrying a $3.5M cap hit — but is in the final year of his deal and will be a UFA this summer.
What’s more, Allen played quite a bit for Anaheim last year during its playoff run, appearing in 14 games while averaging over 18 minutes a night. He could be a depth pickup for a team looking to stockpile bodies for the postseason.
The Montreal Canadiens made some AHL recalls and demotions on Friday, essentially trading backups and depth forwards.
Dustin Tokarski goes down to the AHL to give journeyman No. 2 Joey MacDonald a chance to sit behind Carey Price while Sven Andrighetto’s demotion ends up short-lived, as he replaces Eric Tangradi in the Montreal mix.
Tokarski (pictured) is 3-2-1 with a .914 save percentage so far in 2014-15. The 25-year-old hasn’t seen action since late November, so the trust might not be there, even if he previously gained enough traction to shuffle Peter Budaj out of town earlier this season.
(There’s a chance that this backup rotation might not last all that long, however, as the Habs noted that Tokarski was being sent down for conditioning reasons. We’ll see.)
MacDonald, 34, has 133 career regular season games stretched since 2006-07. He has a Budaj-ike .902 save percentage for his career.
Montreal Canadiens forward Eric Tangradi received a five minute major and a game misconduct for his hit on Christian Folin in the third period Wednesday night.
Tangradi hit the Wild defenseman in the numbers.
Folin appeared to be cut by his visor and went to the Wild dressing room.
Here’s a look at the play:
Folin has since returned to the game.