Allen is probably (almost certainly) better than Holtby at this stage, despite losing his crease to Binnington. He was actually quite good in a heavy support role last year and if you think his legs aren't shot then he's as safe a bet for a heavy duty backup as there was in the market. Griess is probably the closest comparable, and he's older AND more expensive. Montreal tried to do the cheap-ish backup thing the last couple of years and it didn't work. This IS trying something different.I'm not crazy about the move but he's obviously the guy they wanted so we have to wait and see if they were correct considering you could probably grab Holtby for 2 x 2m right now.