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Blues agree to terms with goalie Jake Allen

by Louie Korac

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues on Friday agreed to terms with restricted free agent goaltender Jake Allen on a two-year contract worth $4.7 million, and he is expected to continue to compete with veteran Brian Elliott for the No. 1 job.

"It's great to get [the contract] out of the way," Allen said. "I couldn't be more excited to have two more years in St. Louis. It finally feels like home to me now. I'll be able to feel secured for two more years; it's a lot of weight off my shoulders. I'm looking forward to it. It took a little time, but it's done now and I'm focused on the main goal."

That would be winning the Stanley Cup. The Blues have won one playoff series in four years despite having the most points in the NHL during that time.

Allen was the starter this year against the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round. He had a strong start to the series but was pulled in a season-ending, 4-1, Game 6 loss.

"If you ask anyone on our team, it's not the way we wanted to finish," Allen said. "It's disappointing. You can't do anything about it now, but it was tough to watch the rest of the playoffs going on. There's no other way out of it, but that taste is definitely not going to come back and we don't want it to come back anytime soon.

"I got to play in six [playoff] games and some big-time games and big-time moments. I did get a few wins under my belt. In four or five of those games, I played pretty well. I definitely take some positives out of it, it was definitely a learning experience. With this group and the core we have now this year, we're going to have a great run at it again. I just want to follow down a different path."

Allen, who turns 25 in August, will be paid $2.2 million this season and $2.5 million in 2016-17.

Last season, he was 22-7-4 with a 2.28 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and four shutouts in the regular season, and 2-4 with a 2.20 GAA and .904 save percentage in the playoffs. Allen has an NHL record of 33-11-4 with a 2.33 GAA and .911 save percentage.

"I have no excuses anymore. I've got a year and a half solid under me now," he said. "Last year, it obviously didn't end the way we wanted it to. It still doesn't sit well with me, but the experience I took from it, and to be able to play a full season, overall I was happy with it. But it's a long way to go. Me and [Elliott], we get along great. We push each other to be the best we can be. I'm sure we're going to do it again this year and have success doing it."

The Blues also signed forward Dmitrij Jaskin to a one-year contract extension. Jaskin, 22, scored 13 goals and had five assists in 54 games last season. He was under contract for the 2015-16 season for $832,500 ($772,500 salary-cap charge).

On Thursday, the Blues traded right wing T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals for a package that included right wing Troy Brouwer. St. Louis re-signed defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and center Jori Lehtera this week, and signed forward Kyle Brodziak, who spent the past six seasons with the Wild.

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