Price, Price and more Price

Pat Hickey’s take:

was never any doubt that Price would sign and my only surprise was
that Gauthier seemed unnecessarily generous, giving Price $2.5 million
in the coming season and $3 million the following season.

“It’s a
bargain if he can surpass the numbers he put up as a rookie. But it
will be wasted money if he doesn’t improve over his performance since
February 2009. Since Price appeared in the 2009 All-Star game in
Montreal, he has looked like anything but an all-star. His record in
that period has been 20-32-10 which means that he has lost more than
twice as many games as he has won”

Interesting analysis from Arpon Basu:

” … a
$2.75 million cap hit over the next two years is a good deal for both
Price and the Canadiens. It gives both sides a good window to see what
will become of this talented young man who clearly lost his way at last
year’s All-Star break, but who hasn’t necessarily lost it altogether.
For Price, he makes a very decent wage and has two years to prove
himself. For the Canadiens, should Price completely flop his contract is
not an albatross and is only on the books for two years.”

Boone rants

• And in La Presse, Richard Labbé writes “with two weeks to go until the opening of training camp, Pierre Gauthier can breathe a bit easier. The most pressing issues have been taken care of, and the club can concentrate on hockey.”

At, Pierre Durocher says the Canadiens were very generous in the amount of money they’ve shelled out for Price.

Bob Hartley predicts Price will be under enormous pressure.

And ticket packages go on sale online tomorrow.



  1. habaddict_andy says:

    I thought Gorges had a decent speed?

  2. HFX-HabFan says:

    Gionta is my pick.  Markov and Gill to wear As.

  3. HFX-HabFan says:

    Update: apparently it’s a one-year deal for the league minimum ($500k).

  4. SLONCOLD says:

    well he’s in the entertainment business now… so they have to say stuff like to get us goign and talking about them.

  5. Jordio-oh says:

    It also doesn’t take a genius to know that all star games barely count. 2001 all star game finished 14-12 and that game featured Roy, Hasek and Brodeur.

  6. fbkj says:

    meaningless games

    as a fan i didnt lose any sleep

  7. RGM says:

    Now that we’ve got this gigantic PR issue out of the way….

    Who should be the next Canadiens captain?

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  8. jrshabs1 says:

     Unless St. Patrick comes out of retirement Carey Price is our best option. Deal with it!!! Youngstars??? Really??

    p.s. I know Jack….he would prefer if you stay quiet on the NHL and tallent comments.

  9. RGM says:

    No, he had a really good time that weekend. You, however, embarrass yourself every single time you hit the “Post comment” button.

    —————————————– Josh Gorges for Captain!

  10. Kappy says:

    Anyone have tickets for the Dec.4th game vs the Sharks that they want to sell?  I need 2 tickets. 

    I know that individual game tickets go on sale next Saturday, but there is a 99.9% chance that the site will

    crash…. as usual.

  11. JaysHabs83 says:

    Here’s a little Carey Price poetry (near the bottom):

  12. SLONCOLD says:

    i think it’s kinda split. for everyone calling him a “bust” there are people calling him a future superstar. There is always lots of presure on top10 draft picks especially in montreal and escpecially at teh goalie position. Habs maybe shouldn’t have hyped up price as much as they did but i’m sure he’ll work through it. I expect PK to have ups and down but he has a support crew arround him to help coach/mentor him into the position so i think there will be more tolerance towards his play

  13. volcano62 says:

    Was it not part of the same weekend event? bottom line is Price embarrassed himself, the team and the fans.

  14. HFX-HabFan says:

    Either that, or speculating that Gino’s parents are actually members of the Russian mob.

  15. rocketsglare says:

    The deal is done. No more speculation on when he will sign and for how much and for how long.

    Price must now demonstrate to the many faithful and there are many, by playing up to his ability

    and potential and cease this opportunity to become the netminder that management and fans

    believe he is capable of becoming. Nothing less will be accepted after so much has been invested

    in this promising young man. Only Price can become that “thoroughbred”. Does he have what it

    takes to lead this team to success? Does he have it in him to become a star in this league?

    Only time will tell but he has been given 2 years to show us and more importantly, himself, that

    he is the real deal.

  16. J.J. of Turku says:


    I’d say, with Markov and Subban we don’t need him… 


  17. HFX-HabFan says:

    I know he’s your boy and everything, but the emergence of Subban + Markov being healthy by the end of October = MAB being rendered moot. 

    He might latch on with another team though.  Defensive deficiencies be darned.

  18. fbkj says:

    i dont think anybody can argue that

    i clearly recall that game as I was watching it on the internetz from a hotel in denver 😛

  19. mike g says:

    Get ready…

    Now the french media will start the rumors that, ” from very, very reliable sources, the Penguins are shopping Crosby and Malkin”.


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

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

  20. habs001 says:

    while we have markov and pk i believe we need at least one more d with speed…as of now we have 5 slow d in hammer,spacek,gill,gorges and obyrne who provide minimal support for our forwards in the offensive zone as they have to be conservative due to their lack of speed.

  21. fbkj says:

    okay we were talking about the all star game then you retort with the youngstar game as if thats what we were even talking about

    strawman ftw

  22. habs 4 future says:

    3 strikes you’re out! 4 chances, you’re HISTORY!!!!!!!!!

  23. jrshabs1 says:

    Good catch brother!!!! Do you agree that was when his slide began?

  24. HFX-HabFan says:

    Does anyone care about ASG stats??  Seriously?

    Probably every goalie’s ASG stats would be a GAA well north of 3, which would be terrible by regular season standards…and yet these guys are all-stars, what’s up with that?  I mean Brodeur?  He sucks at the ASG!  Miller?  Terrible at the ASG!  Roy always sucked at the ASG!

    Honestly, some people look for anything to blame Price.  “He was an all-star, but then he sucked at the all-star game!  Idiot!”

  25. jimmy shaker says:

    MAB recovering nicely from major knee surgery….should be available in November as per RDS.  Can’t wait for the habs to bring him back and keep the PP clicking.  13 goals last season……I could see him potting 15+ this year.  PG will offer him a contract guarantee!



  26. mike g says:

    Like someone said below, I’m kinda happy we never hired him as our coach….

    When on the radio, he sometimes sounds like a guy who knows what he’s talking about and someone who’s respected by many. But the more you listen to him, the more he sounds like Michel Bergeron, always referring to when Hartley won the Cup with the Avs.

    The guy had an All-Star team, that’s why he won. I’m sure he’s a good coach, but I dunno….Maybe the guys on RDS are making him dumb, cuz we all know they’re not the sharpest tools.


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

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

  27. G-Man says:

    Auld has aided those teams in being bad, not improving them.

  28. volcano62 says:

    LOL so you are impressed by Price’s performance in the youngstars game? 9 GOALS!!!! Rinne only let 5 in with more shots on net!! It’s nothing short of pure embarrassement.

    Some folks on this site know jack about talent in the NHL.



  29. G-Man says:

    Sorry, Ian. That was last season. This season, it’s Price or Auld. Auld? Why in hell sign Mr. 895? Absolutely stunning management moves.

  30. habs 4 future says:

    the only thing Price will prove, is that he can’t do the job!

    this will be his 4th chance. who in life gets 4 chances????? NOOOOOOOOOOO body!

    what a damn waste of $$$$$. but isn’t Gainey/Gauthier great at wasting $$$$? ie. Gomez 7.5 for garbage!

  31. HFX-HabFan says:

    Apparently Mike Comrie is about sign with the…Penguins?  Unless Malkin shifts to the wing full-time, Comrie would be the fourth line centre.

    And what if Crosby starts hitting on Hillary?

  32. jrshabs1 says: brother? 4 leading 2 at the break….how did he stink it up?

  33. fbkj says:

    take a look at how many games niemi has actually played

    take a look at his stats

    take a look at the team he was on

    that answers your niemi question

    habs could have signed pleks and halak leaving them with no money for a backup or wiggle room

  34. G-Man says:

    Why $1mil for Auld, then?

    There was room if management wanted, but their eyes have been blinded by Price for years. If the Cup Champ goalie gets $2mil, how is Price worth an avg of $2.5mil?

  35. fbkj says:

    that game was december 30 2008

    before the all star game


  36. fbkj says:

    its an ALL STAR GAME!!!


    my GOD

  37. jrshabs1 says:

    Check your facts before you spew your nonsence. Carey Price played the 1st period of the 2009 allstar game and East led the West 4-2 heading into the intermision. The turning point for Prices carreer to date was a shootout win against Tampa Bay shortly after the allstar game where Price proceeded to do the “Usane Bolt” pose after the victory plus he sparained his ankle during the game…and the rest is history.

  38. Psycho29 says:

    Hey you forgot to mention your “Hockey Wives” theory…..

  39. volcano62 says:

    Very true. I would not be surprised if he takes the #1 spot in nets this season.

  40. volcano62 says:

    Dude maybe you need a psychiatric facility…..It doesn’t take a genius to realise Price stunk up the joint during the all star game.

  41. joeybarrie says:

    5.75 million roll sof the dice. Seems to me it is that way with every contract that is signed…

    You cannot tell me Halak is not a 15 million dollar roll of the dice, and Niemi is not a 2 million dollar roll of the dice.

    Looks like Ryder was a 12 million dollar roll of the dice, and Souray was a 21 million dollar roll… Kovalev was a 10 million dollar roll, and KOMISAREK was a 22 million dollar roll.

    I think we will see… But we will never see what people will say as soon as we stumble a bit. HALAK would have done it, Halak would have gotten a shut out, Halak would have won us MORE GAMES…

    Its always what could have been in this city…  Well the fans COULD HAVE supporter the T-E-A-M… Not just a few individuals. Thank God the TEAM knows this… And thats why we made the Conf Finals. Not because of any individual. And if you think im wrong about that, then you are as naive as people think…

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

  42. nick says:

    Well they also said MTL wasn’t going to make it to the playoffs last season either… How did that turn out?

    In my opinion, you can’t really consider him correct until the season is over and you have Halak’s and Price’s stats in front of you.

  43. Curtoph says:

    That is a good one!!! 😛 haha

  44. Habsone says:

    It’s time to prove yourself now!!  No more excuses!!

  45. davelecave says:

    Boone burn.

  46. sidhu says:

    Hartley predicts Price will be under enormous pressure.  In other news, Hartley predicts the sun will rise tomorrow.

  47. nick says:

    Man I feel like have deja vu all over again…

    Price shows up… Has a great first season, people praise him, the savior of MTL blah blah blah… People stack ridiculous expectations on the 21-22 year old, and the next season he doesn’t do as well, nor live up to peoples expectations.

    So, hes an underachiever, worthless, overrated, toss in a negative phrase… Price has been called that over the last year.

    PK Subban arrived in MTL, had a great first season… There is alot of hype surrounding the kid… It should be interesting to see if he lives up to fans, and the medias expectations… ie: rookie of the year which he’s already being nominated for by some…

    If he falls short, all i have to say is good luck you poor bugger.

  48. Storm Man says:

    Bob Hartley predicts this guy needs to take he head out of his anesse. Im so glad the Habs did not hire this guy as coach.


    The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.

  49. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Good luck Habs and Price after all it’s a 5.75 million american roll of the dice….we’ll see!

  50. punkster says:

    The deal? Reasonable rate and term. More money than I had hoped ($1.5M max) but that was never going to happen in this league. Just my wishful thinking.

    Expectations? No excuses, none of this “he isn’t getting the goal support”, “he isn’t seeing the shots”, “he isn’t getting defence support”. Just do what you’re paid to do. Stop the freakin’ puck man.

    Predictions? Not a chance I’m going there baby. Using stats and historical data to predict an outcome is still just a guess in pro sports. Those who forecast doom and gloom are no better at seeing the future than those who predict a 3rd round playoff exit and how many of those did we read last September? Tons from one side almost none from the other.

    Looking forward to this season!


  51. mike g says:

    Been reading a couple of forums since last night….

    Funniest quote I heard regarding the signing of Price:

    ” I heard the contract is $5m the first year and $500,000 the second year. Reports also about this contract circumcising the salary cap. “

    Some humans are just so creative, eh…?


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

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

  52. mrhabby says:

    i hope he waits until trade deadline.  maybe Guerin could help but i heard Philly is really interested in him.

  53. fun police says:

    you’re right.  people have a hard time understanding it was pleks or halak.  teams are constantly looking for top 6 players.  it was a no brainer.  also, there are many good goaltenders in the league so no need to overpay for one.  

  54. Mike Boone says:

    You’re judging him on the ALL-STAR GAME?????

    Man, are there are psychiatric facilities where you live?

  55. Jordio-oh says:

    or properly understand it.

  56. mrhabby says:

    Don’t get me wrong. Price has to improve and his maturity level is the first thing that i have noticed as well . I still think he has great upside and hence how do you trade that away.I guess keepers take time to mature we will see shortly.

    As far as the great purge of 09 it was time for a change. Dressing room need a big change of chemistry  and i for one think it was a great move. Whats BG suppose to do ..come back with the same players the following year.

    its easy for us to sit back and be critical.

  57. Jordio-oh says:

    It’s also possible they save that cap room and make an aquisition at the trade deadline if we are in a good position to do so.

  58. Kappy says:

    This is indeed great news.  There was never a doubt in my mind that Pricey was gonna sign.  He just needed to get that rodeo business out of the way first.  IMO, Price is going to play with a real chip on his shoulder this year and prove to all his critics that he is the goalie we drafted 5 years ago.

    Does anyone think that we are going to use that extra $2 million to sign anyone else?  We need a top 6 winger, but is there anyone out there that can be signed for under $2 million? Yes, I know Bill Guerin is available, but I think that Gauthier would rather wait and see how BP and AK fair for the first couple of months before signing anyone else.

    I also think that the Molson boys need to spend to the cap every year in order  to give us the best chance at returning to glory.

    Can hardly wait until Sept.22nd pre-season game vs the Bruins on RDS

  59. SLONCOLD says:

    Well, i don’t know about terrible teams but my point is i want to see carey in 60 games this year. if auld is outplaying price and earning more starts…. yikes there will be trouble in habs land

  60. mrhabby says:

    i will cut PK some slack as i consider him a rookie still . he will make mistakes Ian but looks like he is dynamic enough to come back and make an excellent play after and make you forget his blunders.

    also…i really hope Ryan OB has a great year.

  61. fbkj says:

    no we let him go to make room for plekanecs contract

    although this has been told to you before so no i dont actually expect a response, let alone a chance in hell youll even read this

  62. nunacanadien says:

    It is interesting also how Gainey assessed the team this way on April 23, 2009, and proceeded in the summer to destroy the team that in Gainey’s opinion, did not support Price.  Last year with a new team, Price still did not win even when Halak like the year before, earned enough wins to get the Habs into the playoffs.  I am sorry, if Price does not have a professional team ethic, and able to play with professionals, as illustrated in the All Stars, Price when he had the best of the best still did not win his period of All Star hockey.  Granted All Star games are all but glorified pond hockey with very little checking so there are many quality shots as a result.  It was these quality shots Price could not stop and he still could not stop those quality shots.  I am not talking about floaters or rebounds or deflections.  These are one on one with a straight view, mano a mano as they say.  But did Price win?  Nope, he collapsed literally.  And we throw away our goalies for this?

  63. Ian Cobb says:

    Auld is not to shabby my friend, he has played for some terrible teams.

  64. SLONCOLD says:

    look most of us don’t blame price for the loses… but at the same time you can’t make excuses for him not winning either. it is what it is. price will need to put up better than 2.77gaa  for us to make the playoffs; he’ll have to come up with big saves even when the team has an off night in front of him.

  65. Ian Cobb says:

    And PK, He will be 4th on the team scoring this year.!

  66. SLONCOLD says:

    i think if auld is pushing price for starts we’ll be in trouble. Auld’s career numbers are 904sv% 2.78gaa. not something i would call very good. I just hope he can keep us in the games when called on.

  67. nunacanadien says:

    This is a fair assessment of Price.  So its a nice way of saying we’re screwed for 2 years, Apron Basu is quite correct.  Here we let go a hot goalie to make room for Carey Price’s contract.

  68. mrhabby says:

    its interesting many people dump on Price but yet the team in front of him many times gave him zero support and were offensivley challenged many nights. It could be along year if the 3rd and 4th liners don;t pick up the slack.

    Players that must have very good years..AK , BP , LR, ML.


  69. SLONCOLD says:

    it’s goign to be a long hard season. don’t expect guys to be blocking shots like they did in the playoffs.

    Montreal doesn’t score much so carey will have to be on his game and will have to steal some games for us as well this year. i’m pulling for the guy but he’s got to produce; no more excuses of he plays stronger teams or the team doesn’t score for him or he gets bad bounces… goalies have to put themselves in a potion to make big saves and trust me if he can get off to a hot start it will help the habs out big time.

  70. Ian Cobb says:

    You know, i think there is going to be much more pressure on our so called back up, to push Price to earn his ice time. There is going to be great competition for the net this year.

    Not many people realise that our back up also wants the net and he is a very good goal tender. So watch out for further developments boys and girls, nothing is given in this league, you have to earn it.

  71. soperman says:

    Congratulations Carey.  No go out and prove you deserve all this confidence that they have placed in you.


    “You want to keep weening de Coupe? Then sign zee great Pew-sie!”

  72. dleb84 says:

    I agree that Price will be under enormous pressure but it his success will really depends on how well our D play in front of him.  Gorges must be Gorges, Gill must be Gill of the playoffs etc.  I am really hoping Obyrne can turn into that shut down Dmen we have been waiting for. 

    I think everyone knows Niemi is a good goalie but his stats are hard to judge based on the team in front of him. 

    What do you think Carey would have accomplished if he played for the Hawks last year? 

    On a side note, what happened in the juniors game?  I saw the Louis had 9 PIM?  Is he scrappier than I thought?

  73. DavidKB says:

    Great compilation of CP’s finer moments; not so flattering for the D or rest of the team.

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