Talking $$$ on the Lord’s Day

Brian La Rose has an interesting analysis of the Carey Price contract situation.

It’s all conjecture, because the Canadiens and their anointed Number 1 goaltender have done a good job of keeping the lid on negotiations … assuming they’re negotiating.

But it is thought that Price wants a three-year deal worth about $3 million per – equivalent, La Rose explains, to the second contract Cam Ward signed in Carolina.

The Canadiens – again, speculation – want to go short, maybe a two-year deal worth $4.5 million to $5 million.

Here’s what we know for sure: A week from today is Aug. 1, and training camp begins in September.

Unless he’s working on a trade or an FA signing, the Carey Price contract is the last item of outstanding business on Pierre Gauthier’s desk.

If the goaltender is not signed well before training camp begins, there will be a media feeding frenzy in Montreal. The word “holdout” will begin to appear in headlines.

The blogosphere will explode, with “spoiled brat” probably the politest phrase to describe the unsigned goaltender.

And the not-insignificant number of fans who wonder why the team traded its playoff hero will begin to wonder – if they don’t already – whether Carey Price wants to play for the Montreal Canadiens.

It could get fugly.

And a contract imbroglio will add to the pressure Price faces this season.

Josh Gorges in his local paper

• Michael Whitehouse on the Canadiens’ history of Quebec-born players

• Assessing Bob Gainey (thanks, showey47)

Larry Brooks bombs Bettman



  1. saskhabfan says:

    Price will be cheaper to sign then halak and has less leverage- right (price won’t get 3.75 million)

    Price will be signed so its not a big deal-right

    Whether it was halak or his agent, spewing through the media is wrong- right

    There is pressure on any goalie (or player) to perform any season so i don’t know why this is even an issue-right

    Not sure how he painted himself in a corner since price will be signed plus we will have cap space left without trading away core players-right

    Change the “our” collective memories to “yours”- right


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  2. badangel says:

    I have a few questions:

    1) How much is Price involved in the negotiations? Isn’t that his agent’s responsability? If so, why/how could anyone think Price is a holdout or brat. Truth is trading Halak and signing Auld (!?!?) gave Camp Price much more bargaining power.

    2) Why would the Habs only want to sign Price – the anointed number 1 and seemingly the franchise face of the team and “future” – to only a 2 year deal? I am assuming that the Habs think Price will become a great goalie so why would they want to re negotiate a deal in a couple of year when he might be vying for the Vezina? Wouldn’t they want to sign him at less for longer now if they believe in him that much?

    3) Assuming Camp Price wants 3M per 3yr and Habs want 4.5/5M in 2 yr – why not just offer the Habs price (2.25M per yr) and just add performance bonuses that could come to 3M per year ?


    No matter how much anyone may not like Price or not believe he is suitable for number 1 goalie I don’t think there is ANYONE who wants to see Auld as #1 goalie for the year.

    (oh in an unrelated question – pre season games.. why are most played in mtl? how come the habs don’t visit other cities? I am guessing it is because other cities wouldn’t be able to fill an arena during pre season?)

    I can’t believe it’s Sunday already 🙁

  3. HardHabits says:

    Well I’ve decided to stir the pot even further with a new HH avatar, so there. :p

  4. TripleX says:

    Answer one question?  

    If a player has no leverage then why would he not sign?

    The very fact these players have not yet signed and are in fact still negotiating indicates the opposite truth.


    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  5. SeriousFan09 says:



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  6. Danno says:

    Rumour, gossip, hearsay…

    Objection your Honour.

    The question is speculative and is leading the witness to answer on the basis of conjecture.

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  7. twocents says:

    That’s not called refreshing our collective memories.

    That’s called emphatically asserting your unfounded opinions/predictions.

    Which is similar, some would say in this case nearly indistinguishable, from the general HI/O motto:

    In the absence of factual knowledge, assume the worst.

  8. Mattyleg says:

    Same old sadness.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  9. Mattyleg says:

    I like your last line, like.

    Lotsa time.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. Mattyleg says:

    That sounds pretty cool.

    Any stats/info on him?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  11. RGM says:

    What exactly are you asking? There’s no question there. It is truly amazing how small you are. You went to all that length to try and prove your wit, and you only made it halfway there.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  12. JIMVINNY says:

    Well Boone wanted more hits, and he certainly is going to get them with a post like this. 


    I have to laugh at how this place has become the same, tired old journalists, posting the same, tired old subjects, to get the same, tired old lunatics posting the same, tired old rants.  Sad.

  13. derfab says:

    I agree that my last remark is weaker than those that predede it in the general argument. But no one with any real credentials has said anything about the length of his contract. People are just guessing based on RFA and UFA requirements. My main point is that he will not last in this city because he is more valuable elsewhere.

    character is derfab destiny.

  14. likehoy says:

    price has zero leverage, truth. refer to all the other RFAs with no contract yet.

    we still have a month and a half to sign price? what’s the rush? many RFA deals get done just before the start of training camp when both sides get a little more desperate

    the halak and his agent crap, who gives a flying fuuuuuuuuuu…..he’s gone, it’s over.

    that’s obvious.

    what are you talking about? wait till the last week of august before we take a dump on ourselves.



    i rather not have a GM who hits the panic button too soon when he has ample time to work with what he’s got.

  15. G-Man says:

    Did you read the word “speculation” or do you need a definition?

  16. ZepFan2 says:

    The Cat is a Nordique fan.

    Who cares what he has to say about the Habs.


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

  17. TripleX says:

    Let’s refresh our collective memories.

    Price will be cheaper than Halak since he is coming off a so so year and has zero leverage.    WRONG

    Not signing Price BEFORE trading Halak was no big deal.  WRONG

    It is ok to blame Halak for whatever his agent says or does.  WRONG

    There will be no more pressure on Price to perform this season.  WRONG

    PG did not pull a major blunder and paint himself into a corner.  WRONG



    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  18. ABHabsfan says:

    In an unrelated note; I had some beers with Tanner House’s dad the other night. Tanner House was an invite to the Habs development camp a few weeks ago.  Aparently the brass told him and his dad that they are interested in signing him but are going to wait till later in the year. He is in his last year at U of Maine. Calvin ( Dad) said that if he were to receive any interest from other teams that they were to call the Habs and they would make sure that he signed with MTL. He is a good under-the-radar player that could pan out given a couple years

  19. likehoy says:

    *ring ring*

    we have alex auld, cedric desjardins, and curtis sanford on contract!

  20. Bob Barker says:

    weak argument. 

    If he’s asking for a 3-year contract, he’ll still be an RFA at the end of it. He’ll only be a UFA-eligible at 27.

  21. alestar says:

    haters hatin’ is all it is…


    XXIV…and counting

  22. ABHabsfan says:

    A couple of opinions on the CP contract issues;Firstly I believe the agents do the negotiating and the player just waits until he is told that a deal is done. I may be delusional in this view but is it possible that the agents are trying to get as much for themselves as well as the player? Is it possible the player’s best interests are not paramount to these mouthpieces? Does anyone really think that a player should say,”you’re right, I sucked last year, just give whatever you can afford.”?
    As far as paying for potential, that is exactly what a 2+ year contract is about. If you only pay for what a guy did the previous year then you end up with Tim Thomas or GS Giguere, $6M sitting on the bench checking out the ladies in the crowd.
    I don’t know CP, never met him or even know anyone who has. But perhaps the kid deserves a little slack for just being patient and letting his agent do his job. This is still the same guy who had 20 thousand + fans chanting his name for the past 2 1/2 years more often than the couple hundred that booed him. This will get done and the Habs will be better for it.

  23. Clay4bc says:

    The aforementioned goalies also didn’t just come off of a 13-20-5 season, and lose their starting position to the teams other goalie.

    And just so you know, I’m also not provoking, just asking based on your own statement.


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

  24. avatar_58 says:

    Has he asked for Cam Ward money? Funny because I thought it was BOONE who suggested “some think”. Nowhere do I see Carey, Gauthier or his agent quoted. Yet here comes the brigade ready to take everything posted as “fact”.


    FACT is no one has a clue what either side is doing but those two sides. So sit down and relax.

  25. punkster says:

    Good one Exit!


  26. G-Man says:

    Halak is overpaid. So are the other 2. Paying goalies that kind of money (like the Habs did years ago with Theo) without playoff performance is major league stupid. Does Halak deserve $2.5 to $3mil max for beating the Caps and Pens? Without a doubt.

  27. likehoy says:

    let us not forget when glen sather only offered brandon dubinsky 675k last year lol.

    at least they settled on 3.7/2 years.

  28. punkster says:

    You would disagree with anything PB says just to win the bet 😉


  29. Puck Bard says:

    Lol. Where’s Tony and Man (Crush) Apart when you need ’em!  Though The Cat has a lot to say…

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…  wake me when we have a goalie. 

  30. Bob Barker says:

    Paying for potential would be paying Price with the expectation that he’ll post similar numbers as Rinne and Lehtonen. He has already done so, which qualifies as performance. 

    As you said, the precedent has been set which determines the market for RFA goalies. 

    You’re opinion seems to be that anything in excess of 1.5 million is paying Price for his potential when the fact is he has already performed similarly to the above-mentioned goaltenders. 

    Unless you believe that Rinne and Lehtonen were paid for their potential and not their performance, your argument doesn’t hold water.  


  31. Clay4bc says:

    Not only did Ward win a cup, but more impressively he won another important piece of hardware doing so…one that is far more difficult to win that the Stanley Cup, as only one player per playoffs is awarded it.

    The Conn Smythe Trophy likely added $1.5 mil per year or so to his contract…when Price wins one of those, he should definitely ask for Cam Ward money.


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

  32. saskhabfan says:

    Then why didn’t trotter ask for a trade to another nhl team instead of bolting for the easy money? He was a rfa,i guess he had too much leverage like carey price apparently has,lol. Are you not overhyping trotter? Players don’t “die” to wear any jersey anymore. They die for the paycheck. That’s the reality of professional sports.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  33. PrimeTime says:

    So predictable….slow and boring week (especially from the Commentariat) and Boone pulls out the Ace to finish it off and all the suckers play his game screaming their usual bs about a bs subject that no longer offers anything new. Keep banging your heads against each other, suckers! Best entertainment of the week. Thanks Boone!

    “People build teams in certain ways. I’ve always traded for futures – not pasts.” – Sam Pollock

    The reason we are Hab fans

  34. Mattyleg says:

    I”m really ANGRY!! So angery tHat Im spalling ,evrything wrogn!!!

    I dont undarstand waht I JUST READ!!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  35. Mattyleg says:

    Although I respect what you’re saying about Price’s weaknesses etc, going with the flow and having faith doesn’t make you a ‘lemming’. Being critical and having a contrary opinion to assert your individuality isn’t always the most important thing.

    Sometimes you’ve just gotta have faith.

    Sorry for singling you out over this, but it really is aimed at a lot of people on this site, and your ‘lemming’ comment seemed like a good spot to make my point.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  36. derfab says:

    Carey’s leverage is synonymous with his star quality in a star system.

    From an nhl perspective, he is preordained and will remain so because the league needs products like him to sell crap to a grotesquely inflated and fickle fan base.

    The intriguing part is that he is a talented enough to remain valuable as a player for years to come, but his greater worth is more image-based and bred.

    He will not play out his career in Montreal because, being too close to the other solitude, he is culturally threatening to the deriere guard and will never be unconditionally loved or accepted here and he knows it.

    He is not signed yet because he (or his handlers) want the quickest and most lucrative road to UFA outta town.

    character is derfab destiny.

  37. saskhabfan says:

    To me,”the shrug” says it was out of frustration with being made the scapegoat for losing games when the team in front of him only scored 6 goals in 4 games against the bruins. But for some reason when the habs couldn’t score against the flyers this year it was the teams fault,not halak’s 0.845 save percentage in 4 loses. Another gem was price’s apparent weak glove hand but a link was posted that halak was actually beaten high glove side more then price was this year.


     Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  38. HardHabits says:

    PuckBard and I disagree, on the people part

  39. G-Man says:

    Hysterical. LMAO!

  40. G-Man says:

    They should have signed Price before trading Halak. Of course, not trading Halak and trading Price would have been smarter, but what the f%*k do I know? I’ve only watched the Habs suck rocks for 16 of the last 17 years now.

    Habs management desperately wants to prove they didn’t make a mistake drafting Price. Habs could and should have had Kopitar. Kopitar, Pleks and Koivu as top 3 centers would have looked pretty damned good right now, but, then again, what the f%*k do I know, right?

  41. RGM says:

    Halak ($3.75M), Lehtonen ($3.5M), and Rinne ($3.4M) all just received deals that pay more than Cam Ward’s last deal. How many Stanley Cups did they win last season? Do you classify their deals as ludicrous too? I’m not provoking, just asking based on your own statement.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  42. Exit716 says:

    I think the truth needs to be revealed. Gauthier and Martin are both former Nordiques who are deliberately sabotaging the Habs going forward in order to help Pierre Karl Peledeau in his quest to get a team in Quebec City.

    They’ll screw the Habs up royally and once PKP buys Atlanta, they’ll jump ship.

    Simple as that.

  43. G-Man says:

    ” Why can we not just support our team and the decisions that are made?”

    We are not lemmings, that’s why. We were willing to throw some money at Halak because he proved he can perform in the playoffs. Price hasn’t.

    Price doesn’t allow rebounds because it’s usually the case that 1 shot (a floater) is enough. That “weaker teams” argument is pure b.s. when the goalie beats Washington and then the defending Cup champions. If Price can’t take the “too much pressure”, he should be in Hamilton.

    Price very much still has to show he can handle it. That “shrug” to the fans during the 2009 playoffs shows me he isn’t ready.

  44. G-Man says:

    Asking for Cam Ward money (speculation) after Ward WON a Stanley Cup would be ludicrous.

    2 years at $2mil. He has to show he can play regular season and playoffs.

    Paying him any more would be rewarding him for his effing “potential.”


  45. RGM says:

    Where on Earth do you get $5M per season from?

    The above post is a prime example of somebody with preconceived notions about Price simply going off on a rant without having actually thought about what they’ve read and wrote in response.

    If you actually read the original post by Boone you’d realize in about 3 seconds just how ridiculous your post is.

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  46. Xtrahabsfan says:

    10 million at 2 years for Price…..geeze ,an underperformers DREAM COME TRUE! Lets start rewarding all under performers ,shall we?….like the Mancrush Lemming Carey Price Fans who made all this possable ;and thanks for killing the Habs with this bullcrap. WHAT A FU@KIN BAD JOKE…..Molson boys …YOU SUCK!

  47. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Looking forward to the pics of your sister-in-law and her BF that you’re going to share. 😉

  48. Malreg says:

    I guess Staal, Ryan, Setoguchi, Wisniewski, E. Johnson, Mueller, Cogliano, Neal, Bergfors, are all spoiled brats who are holding out.

    This is how it plays out with high-end RFA’s who are not eligible for arbitration.  They have zero negotiating power, so it always takes long for both sides to agree on a contract.  Since they have no negotiating power, the team sticks to their guns and does not budge, and eventually the player has no choice but to agree to the terms.  Either that or they don’t play hockey for a year.

    Patience, people…

  49. punkster says:

    Understand my position please. I’ve posted a few times on this issue. This isn’t about Price, Halak, SK or even Rinne, Lehtonen or any player. The issue is about paying for potential. Precendence has been set, yes. This guy’s gonna get a much bigger contract than what I would like to see, yes. Will I be disappointed, no. I’m expressing my displeasure at the concept of paying outrageous sums of money for potential. Just because it has happened before and will keep on happening doesn’t make it right. My opinion is pay for performance not potential.


  50. habrez says:


  51. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    IMHO Carey Price has not done anything wrong here. Its all hearsay and let things go until someone from management or his agent put the word out to all Habs Fans. Carey Price let his thoughts be known about his future and still there are a select few wish Carey Price was dealt elsewhere. You may get your wish?

    Who will the Habs signed IF management cannot re-signed Carey Price? All sayings would be full of blogs about Carey Price and his agent looking for what is best for Carey Price. I say 3m for 3 years with an option to signed long term.

    People should be delighted to have a young goalie in Carey Price. He can be the next best thing this team can build around. Carey Price will shine in this league and will be for years to come. If management did think so, CP would have been dealt before Halak. So as it stands right now?????Who knows where this will go?

    Lets get behind our team and hope for the best. Habs will be looking good and building on what they did as a team from years run. Without any big injuries this team will compete for 1st in their Northeast conference.

    Go Habs Go!!!! Believe!!! Believe!!! Ole!!! Ole!!! Ole!!! Ole!!! Go Habs Go!!!

  52. Malreg says:

    Are you serious? Do you really believe that Trotter would die to play for the Habs?!  He played ONE year in the AHL, and then bolted.  He could have easily been given a chance in training camp to make the team, instead he left for more money. 

    Terrible example.

  53. Malreg says:

    I believe the rule is that they cannot negotiate with other teams, another team can offer him a contract and he can say yes or no.

  54. habrez says:

    Not sure where people are getting all this ‘Price has leverage’ thing. I get it, we traded a really solid goalie at possibly his highest value when we likely couldn’t afford to keep him and decided to keep some other players. Now we don’t have a starting goalie signed. So I ask, what team wants Price?

    What teams still needs a goalie? San Jose? Philly? Chicago? Do they have cap space?

    There are still some more NHL proven goalies available to other teams who may be searching for a goalie, like Turco, Emery, Toskola and Theodore. No one great but they can still be a starter in the NHL at a favourable cap hit and likely will be preferable over giving up a compensatory 1st and 3rd round pick for Price. Please explain Price’s leverage. Sure the Habs don’t have a starting goaltender but it seems every other NHL team does (and some arguably even have 2). He also did not put up numbers to earn big contract money. I see him earning somewhere in between Chris Mason (2 years 3.7 million) and Kari Lehtonen (3 years 10.65).

    Explain this contract negotiation leverage thing to me.


  55. RGM says:

    Sister-in-law and her BF will be at the Rockets alumni game tonight; I’m hoping they’ll be able to give a little report on it for me as well as some pics. I’ll be sure to share them with you good folks. 🙂

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  56. jerjerbigs44 says:

    I find it amusing how a lot of you guys continually bash Price on here  and then would wonder why the kid wouldn’t want to play for the Habs. Why can we not just support our team and the decisions that are made? Everyone was willing to throw the bank at Halak even though he had one hot streak and played well for a bunch of games in the playoffs. He also got yanked a few times for letting in 4 or more goals which everyone seems to keep forgetting. I went to a game last season when Philly came to town and Halak stunk the joint out and was pulled after the second period after lettting in 5 goals. Sure Price has had his share of bad games too but Halak has had a lot more blow outs than Price and it’s due to his sloppy style and the yard sale of rebounds that he gives up every game. That is the reason he has so many shots on him all the time and it’s only a matter of time before every team in the league exploits that. Halak also played most of the regular season games against the weaker teams and didn’t have to worry that if he let in one goal he would sit the next game like Price did. Price has been mismanaged by this team and it’s the team that should be blamed for any shortcomings that he has had. Habs management should have had a seasoned veteran to mentor this kid and not had the platoon situation which puts too much pressure on young goalies. Let’s not forget that he is still very young and is still growing as a person and a player. Give him your support and it’ll help his confidence and in turn help our team succeed!! Halak is gone, Price is here. DEAL WITH IT PEOPLE AND GET OVER IT!!!!

  57. RGM says:

    Be honest now: how many times did you vote for him?

    Josh Gorges for Captain!

  58. Bob Barker says:

    Pekka Rinne 27, career Sv% .914 2.46 GAA, Kari Lehtonen career 26, Sv% .912 2.87 GAA. Neither of them have won anything. Both make well over 3 million per year. Carey Price 22, career SV% 0.912, 2.73 GAA. Similar numbers at a much younger age. 

    That’s all the agent has to do to get close to 3 million. He wouldn’t be getting paid for potential but for his career numbers. 

    SK74’s numbers would never get him anywhere close to 5 million. Which is why he signed for 550K.

    Insist all you want that Price is only worth 1.5 million but you’re basically setting yourself up for disappointment. 

  59. twocents says:

    What Price is asking for is a matter of conjecture too. Do we really think B. La Rose has some inside info?

    Rememeber the HI/O motto,  JT:

    In the absence of factual knowledge, assume the worst.

  60. Storm Man says:

    I see the negative nellies of the Montreal media are in fine form for a Sunday. I don’t know what Price and his agent are thinking oh wait let me look at my magic 8-ball……….. Oh I see that is the plan from the Price camp. I know now where to get all my great information 8-ball in the side pocket.

  61. terrygain says:

    No leverage? You’ve got to be kidding. Management traded Halak and handed Price the job as starter.  If they don’t sign him their incompetence will be obvious to everyone but the Pricebots.


    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  62. Danno says:

    Getting a bit ahead of ourselves here but Price (and his agent)
    should also be aware that if he remains unsigned by December 1st, he will be
    ineligible to play in the NHL for the remainder of the season.

    That said, there is incentive on both sides to come to a reasonable settlement.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  63. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Price HAD no leverage. Now that our #1 goalie is gone, he has SUBSTANTIAL leverage.

  64. Chorske says:

    My broken record has been two years max, two million max per year. I stll think that is the only deal that makes an ounce of sense from the Habs perspective.

    I’ve also said that, in this goat-hungry town, Carey is the ideal candidate: an anglo in a key position on a chronically underachieving team (at least during the regular season), a young guy who has been handed a job on a silver platter, a perceived party-boy who doesn’t know how good he’s got it.

    This is a goat-hungry town, and now that SK is gone and O’Byrne seems ready for a regular shift on D (JM needs to get his head out of his arse on that one), Carey is the most likely candidate to be fitted for horns. Fairly or unfairly, this kid is setting himself up to be run out of town.

  65. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Price is worth no more than a 2 year deal paying a max of 5 million. Price has no leverage here…unless he can actively seek another team at this moment (can someone clarify if he has that right?).

    Come on though, Cam Ward money…for doing what!?

    There are 2 “Best Case Scenarios”
    1. Price signs for 2 years at 2.25 per
    2. Price gets an offer sheet for 3.5+, they let him walk and get the picks.

  66. RetroMikey says:

    So true about the Halak trade.

    Bu we are no better than the Leafs when we heckle them but look at how we treat our own players who die to wear the Ch and are not given the opportunity to play for them like Trotter.

    But all we do is  hype all these prosepcts we have who may or may not make the club as well down the road.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  67. Mattyleg says:

    Heh heh.

    And the wasps are a-buzzin’. Y’all didn’t step in that nest, ya downright stuck yer head inta it!

    I liked the Gainey stats. People are too quick to push the ‘Panic and Blame’ button these days. The work that he did despite his detractors, and the team that he built that made the conference finals last season is something to be proud of. I was proud to have him as GM.

    He took a bad team and made it better. Isn’t that what GMs are supposed to do?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  68. terrygain says:

    And the not-insignificant number of fans who wonder why the team traded its playoff hero will begin to wonder – if they don’t already – whether Carey Price wants to play for the Montreal Canadiens.

    No wondering here. Trading Jaro before signing Carey was just plain stupid. And we didn’t just trade our playoff hero. We traded the goalie who had earned the starting job.


    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  69. J.T. says:

    I wouldn’t call Carey Price a spoiled brat, if only because I…like the vast majority of Habs fans…don’t know the man.  I’ve never met him and, unless he said straight out that he doesn’t want to be in Montreal or that he’s holding out for the most money he can get because the Habs have blue-painted themselves into a goaltending corner, all of this talk about his motivation is complete conjecture.  So far, what he’s said out loud is that he’s not worried about getting a contract signed and that he loves Montreal and the fans.  That may or may not be a load of BS, but since we don’t know otherwise, we have to accept that he means what he’s saying.

    That said, if Price is truly asking for a contract similar to Cam Ward’s second deal, I think that’s a bit presumptuous.  Ward had a Stanley Cup on his resume when he signed that contract, and Price really has nothing to compare with that.  Then again, presumption is the soul of contract negotiations.  Otherwise nobody in the NHL could justify what they make.


  70. habrez says:

    It’s Geoff Molson.

    I think that sets the tone for the rest of your post.

  71. punkster says:

    Great way to stir up a slow Sunday Mr. Boone. Throw a few hand grenades into the crowd and watch as panic ensues.

    Price: My broken record still says $1.5M for one year. Don’t pay in advance for the dreaded “potential”. Get the kid to prove his worth then reward him if he comes through. Can you imagine if Gauthier had signed SK to a $5M, 3 year deal simply because of his vaunted “potential”? Yes, SK has potential and so does Price. “If” it’s demonstrated or “if” it’s realized then you pay for his performance. (and no, SK and Price aren’t the same thing in other regards but in “potential” they’re similar).

    Quebec born players: Bitch and moan all you want but don’t put the onus on the team. Start at the grass roots and improve the product. The Q takes alot of criticism for their failings so harp on them and work down from there. This province lives and breathes hockey, particularly in the winter, just like many other areas across the country. The talent pool here should be much deeper. Look at the other provinces and find out why their programs are better than ours.

    The Gainey Era: Stats like these won’t silence the whiners. Nothing will. Whiners need something to whine about or their lives aren’t complete.

    Here endeth my whine.


  72. Habs4ever Fan says:


    and Carey Price was the best back up goaltender we ever had. Now we have no number 2 and a number 2 that thinks he is an allstar 

  73. Habs4ever Fan says:

    I am starting to think Jeff Molson knew exactly what he was doing when he fired the president of the habs

    The team is being run by dumb jocks with no common sense

    Carey Price is worse than Josee Theordore

    He can’t play consistantly

    He chokes under pressure

    He can’t show up in the playoffs

    He is a team first player….for the bulldogs

    Please Please Gautier….let this loser go and sign a FA next year.

    Trading Halak was a huge mistake….now we have to endure this overrated brat

  74. JVSmith says:

    Of course people will start using the term spoiled brat! Especially when the authour of the article is encouraging them to do so! I love the subliminal messages sent through this site. No matter what Price deserves or doesn’t deserve in terms of contract, Habs management was stupid in shipping off Halak and then telling Price he was #1 and then signing everyone but him right away. They gave him total control of the situation and I’ll have a good laugh if he walks away. But in the meantime, wait until you have proof that he’s holding out before starting the rumour that he is. Don’t tell me about all the pressure put on Price when you’re helping to add to it. We want our team to win right? Cause last time I checked the whole extra amount of pressure didn’t help that to happen.

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