Another day, another franchise goaltender locked up on a new contract.
Carey Price became the latest goaltender to put the pen to the paper on a new contract, with the Montreal Canadiens locking up their franchise netminder to a new six-year contract.
The deal is worth $39 million, with Price carrying a $6.5 million cap hit for those six years. The cap hit is a touch high, but at least it’s not the decade or longer term that we’ve seen goaltenders signed to recently.
Price saw a slight dip in his numbers after a brilliant 2010-2011 campaign in which he posted a 2.35 GAA and eight shutouts. In 2011-12, Price started seven less games, mainly because of injury, finishing with a 2.43 GAA and .916 save percentage.
While many will continue to look at that cap hit and criticize the deal, it was a necessary step for the Habs. Price is still young, at just 25, and has shown that he has the chops to be a franchise goaltender. For a Habs team that finished dead last in the Eastern Conference, inking Price to a new deal was a priority.
The Price deal continues what has been a busy offseason for the Habs, as they’ve added some grit and character to their locker room with the likes of Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong joining the club so far this summer.
From 15th in the Eastern Conference, the only way to go is up for the Montreal Canadiens. Price becomes the fourth young netminder locked up this offseason, signing the second longest deal among Jonathan Quick, Tuukka Rask, and Cory Schneider.
Even if the deal ends up backfiring for the Habs, for whatever way, fans in Montreal can (possibly) take solace in the fact that even with that type of cap hit, Price is still making less than Scott Gomez.