Paying Carey Price

Nice, interesting story regarding Carey Price and how negotiations with the young goalie are almost certainly in full swing as we speak.

And how can any story about Carey Price be complete without asking the question – “Why wasn’t he signed before they dealt Jaroslav Halak?” Price now holds the hammer and we continue to wonder what Pierre Gauthier was thinking.

Here’s the story, sent over from Danno. How much should they pay Carey Price

3 thoughts on “Paying Carey Price”

  1. “Price now holds the hammer”?

    Um, sure. Someone forgot to mention a few facts to the author that just might be relevant, I think. Such as how Price is a RFA with no arbitration rights. He has three options: get another team to sign him to an offer sheet, get a deal with the Habs, or not play in the NHL.

    Without arbitration rights, he doesn’t have all that much leverage. Unless he is willing to sit out, or can find some team willing to give him a big-money deal. The two parties need each other.

    And is the article’s author seriously suggesting Marty Turco should be anyone’s starter?

    The Hockey News hasn’t been relevant in ages, and this type of article is why…

  2. From my limited understanding of the CBA, all potential RFA players have the right to arbitration. I think the decision time for Price came after Halak was traded and he figured he could get a better deal as a RFA than via arbitration.

    I agree Price has the hammer, but it’s not big enough to get him $3.5M. I can’t imagine another team offering him that much and giving up their 1st and 3rd round picks. However some teams may be willing to offer him $3M and only give up a 2nd round pick. If Halak were still in the picture and Price wasn’t already guaranteed the starting job he’d be more willing to accept under $2.5M.

    On the other hand, as far as I know, no team has made him an offer so maybe he’s not in such demand. I wish I knew what the current offer and counter-offer are. It would be best to sign him as early as possible but there’s no urgency until September.

  3. Per the NHL CBA, a player must have four years of NHL experience to be eligible for arbitration, which means he must be off his entry-level deal. Price has only three years. No arbitration rights for him.

    Another reason the Hockey News articles is terrible: it brings up comparables that aren’t comparable. The guys he mentions are older than Price, which means that their contracts buy up UFA years. Price’s contract will be for RFA years, which are heavily discounted.

    I think all the hang-wringing about Price’s contract is overdone, TBH.

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