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Jake Allen gets four-year extension from Blues

St. Louis also signs goaltender Carter Hutton @NHLdotcom

The St. Louis Blues shored up their goaltending Friday, signing Jake Allen to a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension (an average annual value of $4.35 million) and Carter Hutton to a two-year, $2.25 million contract (an average annual value of $1.125 million).

Allen, who will turn 26 on Aug. 7, had one year remaining on a two-year, $4.7 million contract he signed before last season. Allen set career highs in games (47), wins (26) and save percentage (.920) in 2015-16, helping St. Louis reach the Western Conference Final before losing to the San Jose Sharks in six games.

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"I'm so excited to be a Blue for the next five years," Allen said. "This is where I want to be. This is the place that drafted me and made me the goalie I am today. I want to be a Blue forever and I'm looking forward to being able to stay here for the next five years.

"With the contract out of the way, now I can focus on hockey and worry about winning a championship."

Allen expects to be the Blues starter in goal for 2016-17. St. Louis traded goalie Brian Elliott, who split time with Allen last season, to the Calgary Flames last week for a second-round pick (No. 35) in the 2016 NHL Draft. Allen has won 57 of his 99 career NHL games and has a .915 save percentage and 2.34 goals-against average.

Hutton, 30, spent the past three seasons with the Nashville Predators. Hutton was 7-5-4 with a 2.33 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and two shutouts in 17 games (15 starts) with Nashville last season.

Tweet from @CarterHutton: Thanks to @PredsNHL for an amazing 3 years! Will always cherish my time spent in Nashville #heythanksforhavingmeguys
In 76 career games with the Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, Hutton is 33-24-12 with a 2.56 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and four shutouts.

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