Can there be any better incentive for Carey Price than to sit up and notice, and then strive for what just fell into Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo’s lap? Luongo is a proven star, one of the best, if not the best, in the league, and he’s rewarded with a 12 year, 64 million dollar contract, which works out to $5.3 million a year for the rest of his career.
Luongo is mature, steady, often sensational, and only rarely does he come up with a real stinker of a night. Price can achieve similar rewards if he rebounds nicely, turns his somewhat shaky career into an all-star career, and in the end, he’ll have magical security for himself and his family the way Luongo will have. He could retire to a life of luxury in his mid-thirties. All his high school buddies will be going to 65 at the factory, thirty years after Price begins sitting by the pool drinking pina colada’s.
All he’s got to do is have a career like Roberto Luongo. And Luongo’s contract just might be the wake-up call for Price we’ve all been waiting for. Thank you Mike Gillis and Roberto.