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. Muckbringer says:

    k who has a better farm?  go….

  2. Muckbringer says:

    “we wouldve gotten away with it too if it wasnt for those meddaling refs”

  3. Muckbringer says:

    i really think goalies should be exempt from the hit

  4. Muckbringer says:

    we know, thourough bred and such but like i proposed earlier, isnt the modern tender just a 4th post?”i may be wrong”


  5. The Capitalist Pig says:

    That seems reasonable to me. I think you want to construct a contract that carries him to the UFA season as well with a reasonable cap hit. Deep down, unless they win something over that four-year term, I think he will bolt on his own at his first chance.

  6. Mark C says:

    What makes Price’s market value hard to determine is his cross-point between factors, such age, experience, and numbers and the NHL’s contract structure. This list gives everyone a general sense of what the market is, however I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a divide between both camps on his worth.      

  7. Gumby1964 says:

    3 year deal, 2.25M, 2.50M, 3.0M

    This should work for everyone involved

    Gumby has spoken



    Ken Dryden: “There are two types of forwards. Scorers and bangers. Scorers score and bangers bang.”

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