Its interesting the trend for players wanting longer guaranteed contracts, and I can understand why it guarantees long term money even if you become injured like Savard.
Even Crosby hopefully he can recover and have a regular career but having said that maybe he is thinking twice about signing as short of a deal as he did.
Either way if this team wants to win a cup in the next 10 years there best chance is with Price the kid is a stud and would fetch a kings ransom in a trade he is held in high regard around the league, unless your talking to Milbury.
i'm as big a believer in Price as you'll find, but if the cost to keep him is going to be 10yrs/70M$, I would seriously consider moving him assuming, as you suggest, that his value league-wide is significant enough to get us a serious windfall in return (would have to be considerably more than we got for Halak, and conceivably it would be).
but man oh man does it really highlight how absolutely vulnerable we are in nets...
kind of makes you wonder why Gauthier didn't get the price signing done before moving the only potential goaltending asset we had in the organization (Ramo).
His agent isn't stupid though. Price has a lot of leverage in negotiations. Granted not as much as Rinne had with the Preds but if I were Price's agent I'd milk it too.
He's RFA. Zero leverage. Sure we'd be buying into his UFA years, but 2 of those are RFA years. So either bring the cap hit down to 5.5-6 or just sign a deal of 5mil for 3 years and sign that fat contract when he's pending UFA. To be honest, Price isn't at Rinne's level yet.
You want 10 years? Fine, cap hit per year drops from $7 million to $5.5 million.
It sucks because the Habs need him and he knows it.
New York needs Lundqvist, Buffalo needs Miller, New Jersey has always needed Brodeur, Nashville needs Rinne, Philly "NEEDED" Brizgalov... If the NHL team is looking to be serious about getting the cup, and if you're a real #1 goaltender... there are not many replacement options out there.
Same here for the Habs and Price, except we know Price can play at a top 10-top5 level even with the pressure of Montreal, we are not sure his replacement could do it. Pay the price, we have to keep him.
That is absolutely horrifying to offer any goalie 7 millions per year.The goalie market isn't that high.Have fu nsomewhere else Price , we don't even have the team to contend anyway , we'll pick up another great goalie along the way like we've always done with authority.