Audio: Price signs for six years, $39 million

At a media briefing that was delayed twice on Monday, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced goaltender Carey Price has signed a new, six-year contract with the team.
Price, who became a Restricted Free Agent on Canada Day, was scheduled to go to salary arbitration with the Canadiens.
That won’t happen.

Price’s deal will earn him $39 million – six equal cap hits of $6.5 million – and take him to the age of 30 … when a goaltender usually enters his prime.

(Seem like a lot of scratch? Warren Buffett made $192.5 million ON MONDAY)

Price made $2.75 million last season.

Price will make a bit more than Cam Ward and Ryan Miller, less than Henrik Lundqvist and Pekka Rinne.

Bergevin said he had spent Monday finalizing the details of Price’s contract. He described Price as “one of the best young goaltenders in the league” and a cornerstone of the Canadiens’ future success.

The GM says he still “window-shopping” for potential additions to the team.

“We’re looking,” Bergevin said. “My goal is to improve the team in all aspects.”

• The Canadiens webs site has a collection of Price’s best saves

• The classy Mathieu Darche on Twitter: Félicitations ! Congrats ! Awesome guy! Great teammate!

Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber on Twitter: Thought Price would be Vezina material in 11-12. If he gets some D help, still think he has that kind of season in him.

The official announcement:

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday the signing of goaltender Carey Price to a six-year contract (2012-13 to 2017-18). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Price, 24, completed his fifth season with the Canadiens in the NHL in 2011-12. In 65 games, the 6’03’’, 221 lbs goaltender maintained a record of 26 wins, 28 losses and 11 overtime/shootout losses. He recorded four shutouts with a 2.43 goals against average. Price stopped 1,754 of the 1,914 shots he faced for a .916 save percentage.

Since 2007-08, Price displays a 124-104-35 record in 271 regular season games. He ranks tied for 11th in team’s history with 16 shutouts. He shows a 2.56 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.

Price was the Molson Cup recipient for the months of October, November, December and February, to earn the honours for the 2011-12 season. The netminder took part in his third All-Star Game, held last January in Ottawa.

A native of Anahim Lake, British Columbia, Price was the Canadiens’ first pick (first round, fifth overall) at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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