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)