The biggest question in Montreal right now is – what’s going on with Carey Price. The team traded playoff hero Jaroslav Halak in fear of what he would ask for salary-wise, which in itself would have suggested that the Canadiens and Carey Price were on the same page with respect to a new contract. What most people don’t understand is that when negotiating a new contract, it’s not just about how much money and how many years. There are many points that need to be addressed and as a result, there are an infinite number of problems could arise. Below are the issues in the Carey Price contract negotiations.
Salary: The team feels that Carey Price should get lower than the $2.2 million he made last year, citing 109 goals against in 41 games as unacceptable. Price doesn’t think it’s fair to count the goals against that were assisted by Marc-Andre Bergeron.
Comparables: Price wants to be paid like a number 1 goalie; but the team feels he plays like “number 2”.
Term: The Canadiens want a short term deal. Price has asked for “whatever will take me to my first year of unrestricted free agency so I can get the hell out of here.”
Trading clause: Price wants the same arrangement as his last contract; where if he is being drastically outplayed by someone else, he can secretly invoke his “Go-Trade Clause” and have that goalie shipped out of town.
Playing time: Price is worried about being overworked and stressed out. He has requested that during the 3 commercial breaks per period, he can go to the bench for a smoke.
Practices: Several times, Carey Price has decided to practice as a forward instead of a goalie. While Price claims it is for fun and would like to keep doing it, the organization doesn’t appreciate it, mostly because Price ends up upstaging Maxim Lapierre’s ability.
Coaching: In order to find someone to mentor Price, the team would like to bring back Pat Burns. Carey misunderstood, and has repeatedly said “I refuse to nickname my penis Pat.”
Discipline: The team wants Carey Price to issue an apology to the fans for the incident where he mocked them by raising his arms. Price maintains he was trying to flag down the guy who sells beer.
Relationship with teammates: Price has had issues with his teammates in the past. In order to make amends, he has promised the organization that he will stop referring to Gionta and Cammalleri’s area in the locker room as “Children’s Corner”, but only if the rest of the team stops referring to Price’s area as “Red Light District”.
Special Consideration: Price admits that he gets nervous and hot before games. Both he and the team want to fix that, but the problem is they have different definitions of what it means to have a fan blowing you before games.
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.