Audio: Price signs for 2 years

Carey Price signs his first Canadiens contract in April 2007 in the Pasco, Wash., home of Dennis and Jill Williams, his Tri-Cities billet for four seasons, before leaving for the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Courtesy Williams family

AUDIO: Price conference call

The Canadiens have signed goaltender Carey Price to a two-year contract.

No official word on terms of the deal. The figures being mentioned on Twitter range from $5.25 million ($2.5 million and $2.75 million) to $2.65 million per to $5.5 million ($2.5 million and the $3 million Price was prepared to go on strike to get, as per our national public broadcaster).

A cap hit of $2.75 million would leave the Canadiens with 21 players under contract and about $2 million worth of breathing room.

Price is in Kelowna, where he’s spent most of the summer and is working with goaltending coach Pierre Groulx at the junior Rockets rink. After the conference call, he planned to drive to Tri-Cities where “my girlfriend has a family reunion I’ve got to go to”, Price said, stressing the obligatory nature of the excursion.

Sounding poised, relaxed and confident, Price began by saying he does not feel an undue degree of pressure, beyond the challenge of wanting to do well for his teammates.

“I learned ice time isn’t just given to you, it’s earned,” Price said, in response to a question from Dave Stubbs about the goaltender’s late-season difficulties.

Price also said a two-year contract is ideal at his age and stage of development.

Price has been working with his personal coach, Eli Wilson, and says he’s in good shape. He has wrapped up his rodeo riding and plans to be in Montreal Sept. 10.

Asked how many games he’d like to start this season, Price answered “82” before getting serious and telling Pat Hickey that the goaltending workload will be a coach’s decision, based on merit. 

In response to a question about whether his off-season training has stressed lateral movement and his glove hand, Price said he’s worked to improve all aspects of his game.

Admitting 2009-’10 had been difficult for him, Price said he’d strayed further from his game as the season progressed. Asked to describe his experience in Montreal to date, Price said: “It’s been hard and it’s been awesome.”

From the team’s press release:

MONTREAL  – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today
the signing of goaltender Carey Price to a two-year contract (2010-11 and
2011-12). As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not

“We are extremely happy that Carey has
agreed to pursue his career with the Canadiens. Carey is a key member of our
Club. He has proven that he has what it takes to be a good goaltender in the
league, and we are confident he will perform to the best of his abilities for
years to come in a Canadiens uniform”, said Canadiens general manager Pierre

Price, 22, completed in 2009-10 his third season with the
Canadiens. The goaltender displayed a 13 wins, 20 losses and five overtime
losses record in 41 games. He also registered a 2.77 goals against average and a
.912 save percentage. Price was named the NHL Second Star of the Week for the
period ending on November 22 and was also the recipient of the Molson Cup for
the months of October and November.

Since 2007-08, Price has amassed 60
wins, including four shutouts, in 134 NHL regular-season games. The 6-03,
219-pound goaltender has also maintained a 2.73 goals against average and a .912
save percentage. He also played 15 career playoff games.

In 2008-09,
Price was named to the NHL All-Star Game starting lineup. The previous season
(2007-08), he became the first goaltender in the NHL aged 20 or less to win 20
games in a season since 1985-86. In 2006-07, he became the first player in
hockey history to be named Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Year, World
Junior Championship Tournament MVP (Gold medal with Team Canada) and win the AHL
Playoff Most Valuable Player Trophy (Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs) all
in the same year.

A native of Williams Lake, BC, Price was selected in
the first round, fifth overall by the Canadiens at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.


  1. MTLForever says:

    I think you forget that we traded for Gomez and we didn’t sign him for that much. 

  2. LA Loyalist says:

    Ok. The point is not that Price has choked the past 2 years, the point is that management brought him up too young and too fast and didn’t bring in a veteran for him to play behind and get his feet with less pressure.

    The fault is Bob Gainey’s. And we will see if Gauthier and Gainey were right or wrong to dump Halak. 20 games and we’ll know. 

    I’m not blaming price he shouldn’t have been put in that position. Roy was an exception and spoiled us.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  3. LA Loyalist says:

    in the mid-80’s there was a sushi bar on st laurent called – wait for it – sushi bar (I think) it had black walls and van der graf generators. very exotic for the time.

    I doubt any of you guys would remember it, but I think it lasted a while.


    “Always order your sushi bien cuit”

  4. Storm Man says:

    I will take 4-5 odds it is Adam 10-1 bugs 20-1 Tony.

  5. habsfan_61 says:

    ever the optimist eh?

  6. otter649 says:

    A new user name (habs 4 future) less than 30 minutes old – I wonder who that maybe………..

  7. davelecave says:

    This made me laugh out loud at work.


    Papa Gionta!

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    You look a little wasted yourself, Steve.!

    could not resist.!

  9. HardHabits says:

    It’s the poster formerly known as habsrcrap.

  10. StevieRay says:

    Exactly …  let the season begin..!

  11. StevieRay says:

    no…Gomez at 8 million is a waste

  12. mike g says:


    At least he’s in a better place now..I hear they have sushi in Toronto…..SUSHI!!


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  13. fbkj says:

    off the top of my head? a shitload

  14. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    your comment makes no sense.  could you at least wait till he plays a few games before you call it a waste?  how do you know the kid isn’t gonna stand on his head and have a great season (or two) for us?  you’re casting dispersion on his new contract and he hasn’t even played a game under it.

  15. fbkj says:

    okay no arguments here but apply this to hindsight

  16. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I personally don’t trust agents.  they don’t care about the team, they don’t care about the game, they care about getting their clients the most possible money they can so their cut is bigger.  Agents are a big part of what has ruined professional sports and the outrageous contracts these guy’s get.

  17. Bill J says:

    The only thing I see as a “Fail”

    Is you post.

    Epic fail in fact

    “we all know”

    Speak for yourself!  Leave the rest of us out of your grandiose ludicrous claims.

  18. HFX-HabFan says:

    Slovak?  Is that you?  You’ve only been here for all of seven minutes…

  19. HabFanSince72 says:

    Remember Mikhail Grabovski? He got $2.9M per year at the exact same point in his career.


  20. ZepFan2 says:



    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  21. habs 4 future says:

    how many goalies can’t cut it after 3 years, and STILL GET A 4TH CHANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Malreg says:

    This just goes to show that any one who claims to have “sources” in the Habs are full of crap.  Nobody broke the news of this signing.  Pretty sure the Canadiens official twitter page was the first to announce it (at least out of all the hockey writers I follow…)

    Good contract.  Glad it’s done.  Now let’s bring on the season!!!

  23. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Ok, I’ll try to explain to you what I was trying to say.

    Somebody was using Price’s agent’s comments to refute what another poster was saying.  I simply said it’s laughable to you use an agents comments for this purpose becuase they are not trustworthy. 

    I never said Price’s agent wasn’t telling the truth,  just that agents in general are not reliable sources to use to back your argument because they will lie, cheat, and steal to get their client the most $$$$.

  24. habs 4 future says:

    wasted 5.25  mil for the habs.

     we all know he will fail, as usual!


  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    How many goalies had 60 NHL wins at age 22?

    Among Vezina winners:

    Patick Roy: yes.

    Marty B. yes.

    Ed Belfour: no

    Ryan Miller: no

    Kiprusoff: no

    Theo: no

    Hasek: no

    Kolzig: no

    Thomas: no

    Fuhr: yes.

    (Note: many of the “no” goalies didn’t even play in the NHL before the age of 23)

  26. GrimJim says:

    No I’m not saying that this means all agents are truthful and beyond reproach and we should never doubt a word they say. That is as stupid a comment as believing everything an agent says is a lie. As a former newspaper reporter I believe maintaining a level of scepticism until statements can be verified is a healthy thing and I made my living off that principle for 15 years. But a professional making a public statement has to be aware that if he or she is caught out in a lie it destroys their credibility forever. That may not stop the Drew Rosenhaus’s of the world but it will make most reasonable people hesitate. All I’m saying is most people deserve the benefit of doubt until proven otherwise, but that is not something some people on this site are willing to give people.

    And no, my glasses are clear coloured, not rose…

  27. HFX-HabFan says:

    It’s okay man, there’s always room for personal updates.   And of course the routine Burke bashing.

  28. fbkj says:

    okay price was signed for considerably less than halak

    so in your world where halak was signed and pleks walks

    who replaces pleks?



  29. J.T. says:

    Alright!  Now I hope to see the guy earn his next contract with some great play in the next two seasons.  I really, really don’t want the second act of Carey or No Carey in 2012.


  30. avatar_58 says:

    FINALLY! \o/

  31. RGM says:


    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  32. fbkj says:

    again nobody said that

    however the contract that was signed is consistent with the interview so im not sure what you are trying to say here?

  33. punkster says:

    How about “What I Did On My Summer Vacation”?


  34. joeybarrie says:

    Somewhat unsatisfying compared to all the hoopla. I feel like there should be more to it. I said 2.75 was EXACTLY where he would end up per year. I was close. A nice raise for Pricey. leaving us with about 2 million in Cap space.

    Now what???

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  35. JD_ says:

    Carey Price has signed™. In other news…

  36. Kooch7800 says:

    RFA.  This is a good deal for everyone

  37. nunacanadien says:

    Naw, we’ll just bitch and complain that we wasted space overpaying Price to play as the backup goalie again this year and we traded away Halak cause Gauthier says he believes in Price.  More like Gauthier and Gainey who were probably quite involved in getting Carey to Montreal, don’t want to admit their mistake.  So we are stuck for two years as we watch Price sit on the bench like Laraques.  It is pathetic to watch a pro sports player become lazy and figure out how to scam the owner for millions.

  38. GrimJim says:

    RFA with arbitration rights

  39. Mark C says:

    Without double checking, he should have two more RFA years once this contract expires.

  40. coachdoug says:

    Allright now that’s over…now let’s have a replay of that MAXPAC standing box jump…that’s some real news

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  41. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Anyone know when the golf tournament is?

  42. Mark C says:

    $2.625M AAV seems like a fair deal to me. But, it’s high enough that all the haters will still get their hate on. Who I am kidding? Price could have signd for $1M and some people would still cry foul.

  43. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    pretty sure he’s RFA again.

  44. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I was saying you can’t trust what agents say.  are you saying that this means all agents are truthful and beyond reproach and we should never doubt a word they say?  lmao.

  45. likehoy says:

    the question is…is carey price RFA or UFA at the end of the contract?

    – I support Carey Price as the Number 1 Goalie!

  46. SPATS says:

    Niemi close to signing with San Jose for 1 yr $2 mill no doubt got both sides to cut a fair deal rather than wait and lose.


  47. Kooch7800 says:

    So it was around 2.6 Mill then.  Not a bad pay raise. Hopefully his play matches it this year

  48. GrimJim says:

    Recap of Tony Marinaro’s chat with Gerry Johanson (Carey Price’s agent)

    Q: Did Price ever threaten to strike if he doesn’t get 3 mil?

    A: silly twitter message, nothing to it. Not one time has that come up, never discussed, never had one of his players miss training camp. Price will definitely will be at training camp, never an issue. Not worried about losing any leverage in negotiations by stating that.


    Negotiations have been very very positive – tone positive. 


    Length of time of negotiations is very normal, means nothing. Understands’ peoples concerns, but from inside the business, the time its taking is normal.


    Q: Has Carey asked agent: “get me X amount”

    A: No.


    The process has taken time, but zero animosity between 2 parties


    So, who was it saying on the other threads that we couldn’t trust what Price’s agent said?

  49. fofe510 says:

    I just breathed the biggest sigh of relief since the clock expired in game seven against Washington.


    Go, Habs go!

  50. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    What happened to the holdout???? So it’s official, it has to be 6 mil! It was a very, very reliable source, right?

  51. Kooch7800 says:

    Glad that is done. Must have been waiting on the Nemi deal as a gauge. I would not be surprised if the pricing is in the area of 2 to 2.5 mill per

  52. Storm Man says:

    sounds like 5.2 mil for 2 year is what the deal is.

  53. Ian Cobb says:

    Well,! it is all up to him now.!

    After 2 years he will make the big bucks or he won’t.

    He has two years to show what he is worth, and I am betting that he and the team will shine right out of the gate this year.


    Brossard, here we come! Camp won’t be long now.!



  54. Chorske says:

    So what are we gonna talk about now?

    Sheesh, that Price guy is SO selfish.

  55. otter649 says:

    Good News for Price & Montreal Canadiens Fans – Now what will people complain about too short of term or too much $$$$…………

  56. Mark C says:

    Price’s agent must have called into the Team990 from PG’s office. I can see him now, under PG’s desk like George Costanzia.

  57. ndg-luigi says:

    It was always a foregone conclusion, but the French press had to find something to throw in the face of Canadiens management.Tony Marinaro was right as usual.

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