Ramblings: Allen, De Haan Sign; Getting a Head Start on the First H2H Week (Oct 2)

Ian Gooding


Jake Allen has signed a two-year extension with a $3.85 AAV, which is set to kick in next season. That's a slight raise on his $2.875 million cap hit, if you are in a cap league. With Carey Price's career very much in doubt, Allen seems like the number one goalie for the Canadiens for this coming season and beyond.

Allen is being drafted after pick 200 on average in Fantrax leagues, while his name doesn't even register in the top 50 of goalies in Yahoo leagues (interestingly enough, Price is still listed in the top 50). Because of his team's likely fate, Allen is more of a last resort among starting goalies than anything. Signing Allen to this extension should also provide Cayden Primeau with all the time he needs to develop.

Calvin De Haan's PTO with the Hurricanes was successful, as he was able to convert it to a one-year contract worth $850,000. De Haan was the second player this offseason to turn a PTO into a contract, with Scott Harrington of the Sharks being the first. Although De Haan doesn't offer much in the way of scoring, he has value in the way of peripherals. De Haan was tied for third with 172 blocked shots last season while finishing with just over two hits per game (146 HITS in 69 GP).

To think, by this time next week, we will have actual NHL games being played. Regular-season games too. Sure, it'll only be the Nashville/San Jose pair of games as part of the NHL Global Series in the Czech Republic, but at least we'll have fantasy-relevant games to discuss. Load up on Predators and Sharks if you're able to, as the first scoring period in many head-to-head leagues covers Friday, October 7, all the way to Sunday, October 16.

If you go to the Frozen Tools Schedule Planner, select Custom Date Range, then the above dates, you'll see that the Predators and Sharks lead the way with four games played for that scoring period. The two teams might be jetlagged by the time they return to North America, which is som