Montreal Canadiens Sign Carey Price to Eight Year Contract Extension
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price had one year left on his contract but the team decided they wanted him around longer and didn’t want him to test the free agent market after the 2017-18 season. On July 3rd, the Canadiens signed Price to an eight year $84 million contract which will run through the 2025-26 season.
Price has spent his entire NHL career in Montreal, making his debut in the 2007-8 season. In the 2014-15 campaign , he was 44-16-6 in 66 games, with a 1.96 goals against average and a .933 save percent. He won the Hart Trophy as league MVP and the Vezina Trophy as top goalie. Montreal won the Atlantic Division with 110 points that year (with a record of 50-22-10). Price’s value to the team was illustrated the next season, when injury reduced his playing time to just 12 games. The Canadiens were 38-38-6 (82 points) and finished in 6th place and out of the playoffs in 2015-16. With Price back, Montreal again won the Atlantic in ’16-’17, with a record of 46-26-9, or 103 points. Price was 37-20-5 with a 2.23 goals against average and .923 save percentage.
Here he is in action last season:
So now all the Canadiens have to do is win the Stanley Cup, something they haven’t done since the 1992-93 season. Last year they were eliminated in the first round by the New York Rangers.