What does an eventual new CBA have to do with anything. All teams who have awarded 10+ years contracts recently knew there's a new CBA coming. You don't screw around with your franchise players for ifs and coulds.
The Kovalchuk contract will outlast the next CBA. I don't think Lou is a stupid GM, is he ?
In the hierarchy of good, better, best, and THE best on the Habs, Price is at the top of the pyramid, one stone above Subban. He should have been 2-0 so far. IMO Price has to glance down to catch sight of Luongo. I regret the disappointment felt by the folks in Winnipeg but the Jets had little chance to win their opener. By the way, this was a game against a team in the East, so the win was just as important in the standings as one against Carolina, for example.
I say it could be a 5 year deal in the 30 millions range. Not sure if the Habs will ever give a player a lifelong contract. Also, not sure if I like anything longer then 5. I rather risk losing him then taking his drive for money. To much security in those longggg deals can take away a competitive side of things.
He's the cornerstone of this franchise and the best young goaltender in the game (IMO). Give him 6-7 million bucks a year, pay him like the superstar he is, and get rid of some of the deadwood if possible. I.e. Gomez in the off-season.