Carey’s comparables

What Price is right?

Put less cloyingly, what should the Canadiens pay their newly-anointed Number One goaltender?

As per CapGeek, the team has 20 players under contract and $4.7 million of salary cap space.

Carey Price’s base salary through his first three seasons has been $850,000. Bonuses have brought his annual cap hit to $2.2 million.

Josh Harding, the backup goaltender in Minnesota, signed a one-year contract for $1.2 million today.

Harding played in 25 games last year, cmpared to 41 for Price. But their career numbers make an interesting comparison:

Price: 134 regular season GP, a record of 60 wins, 48 losses and 18 overtime losses. GAA of 2.73, save percentage of 91.2

Harding: 83 GP, 28-39-8, 2.66, 91.5.

Harding is 26. Price turns 23 next month.

Here’s a look at some other NHL goaltenders in their 20s:

Let’s lead off with two goaltenders who were, like Price, first-round
draft choices:

Marc-André Fleury, picked first overall by
the Penguins in 2003, is 25 and has played in 302 regular season games and is
148-106-30 with a GAA of 2.82 and a save percentage of 90.7. Fleury will
make $5.5 million for each of the next three seasons and $5.75 million
in the last year of his contract.

Kari Lehtonen, second
overall to Atlanta in 2002, is 26: 204, 94-83-17, 2.87 and 91.2. Dallas just
signed him to a contract that will pay $2.7 million, $3.7 million and

Some other relevant 20somethings:

Craig Anderson, Colorado, is 29: 180, 74-68-20, 2.77, 91.3. $2.125
million this season, then a UFA.

Jonas Hiller, Anaheim, 28: 128 GP, 63-45-6, 2.49, 92.0. Signed through 2013-’14 at $4.5 million per.

Mike Smith, Tampa Bay, 28: 98, 41-42-11, 2.53, 91.0. $2.4 million
this season, then a UFA.

Pekka Rinne, Nashville, 27: 113, 62-32-9, 2.46, 91.4. $2.8
million, $4 million, then a UFA.

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles, 26: 119, 61-44-9, 2.54, 90.8. $1.9
million, $1.8 million, $1.7 million and a UFA in 2013-’14.

Jimmy Howard, Detroit, 26: 72, 38-20-10, 2.32, 92.2. $800,000,
then a UFA.

Annti Niemi, Chicago, 26: 39, 26-7-4, 2.25, 91.2. He and the
Hawks are going to arbitration.

Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis, 25: 101, 56-34-7, 2.62, 91.9. $2.75
million, $3.5 million, $4.25 million, $4.5 million and a UFA in

Jonas Gustavson, Toronto, 25: 42, 16-15-9, 2.87, 90.2. $1.35
million for the next two seasons, then a UFA.

Tuuka Rask, Boston, 23: 50, 25-13-6, 2.01, 93.0. $1 million this season, $1.5 million in 2011-’12, then an RFA.

Steve Mason, Columbus, 22: 61, 33-20-7, 2.29, 91.6. $765,000 this season, then a RFA.

Semyon Varlamov, Washington, 22: 32, 19-4-7, 2.49, 91.5. $850,00 this season, $765,000 in 2011-’12, then a RFA.

There are many other variables – including playoff performance (Hello, Jaro!), injury history (which didn’t prevent Dallas from making Lehtonen rich), quality of supporting cast (notably the D), etc.

The numbers cited above, however, give you – and Price and Pierre Gauthier – some sense of the market.




  1. NightRyder says:


  2. Bill J says:

    merely ?

    Way I remember your back talk, you where quite rude.

    You should shut up and be glad you where not banned.


  3. NightRyder says:

    C’mon Boone, who took down our spirited debate? 

    How about manning up and e-mailing me at with your reasons for removing posts that contained no profanity and merely offered direct comment on the work you are fortunate enough to be paid to do.

    Surely if you can poke fun at Corky, you can take a little heat from some of your bored HIO constituents, can’t you? 

  4. Clay4bc says:

    Not since that kid stole the domain name! :)


    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” Red Fisher regarding the Halak trade.

  5. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Most bloggers will use the “strike out” option or put an asterisk after the correction and inform the reader that the passage has been corrected. It helps alleviate some of the “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia/We’ve always been at war with Eurasia” vibes you can get from the internets. :)

  6. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Yeah, my family split season’s tickets back in the 90s (from 89 until the lockout). I miss those days – the dome was great, the crowd started out quiet but by the 7th inning it was a madhouse. Good times….sigh.

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