Now that Carey Price is the #1 goaltender it's time to decide how much and how long we sign him for. Montreal have about $9 million left in cap space to sign Price, backup and any ufa they are interested in with the current team structure today. I'm thinking PG is going to sign Price for 3 years @ 3.5 million per. What do you think?
I wouldn't sign Price for anymore than 2 years/$2.5 per year. He has gotten worse every season since he joined the Habs.....if he had shown that he deserved the #1 job and improved every season since joining the club, I would say sign him long term (5+ years) but at this point, we still don't know if he can get the job done, so we should sign him short term and if he gets even worse, we can dump him in 2 years and sign a TRUE #1 goalie.
Maybe Halak will be back on the market by then and we can get him back!!!!
Price actually didn't hit one single bonus this year, and "only" got 850K in salary. There is no way he'll get a cap-friendly, long-term contract, his agent isn't that stupid.
More likely than not, he's going to get a 2 years contract, or even a one-year-deal. I can see him get 2M/year on a two years deal, and 1,75M on a one year deal. He has not arbitration rights, so he has next to no negociating power. I'm pretty sure than he'll get between 1,75M and 2,25M on a one or two years contract.
I'm a big Carey Price fan but I'm wavering. There's something wrong with his psyche, I don't see the battle level like I did with Halak and I respected the fact that Halak would work very hard so he could get his playing time. Price seems to have zero drive to win right now...I'm just not sure he's that serious/passionate about his hockey career. Like he's only it in to make a living because he's good at it but doesn't want to make full use of his talent, which is a total shame. I really hope that's not the case.
Plus, the kid is so mentally screwed up. He has zero confidence in himself right now and playing in Montreal won't help matters.
I guess we'll find out what he's made of next season. He can be prove all his haters wrong next season (if he works really hard this summer) or he can crumble again.
Carey Price seemed surprised by the Halak trade and I think he secretly wanted a trade out of Montreal.
I tend to agree that a shorter deal (likely 2 yrs) is most likely simply because although he's clearly the no. 1 it by default. Taking his potential in to play he'll get more than he should but I'd still think he'd be around 2M.