MONTREAL - Carey Price is the latest evidence that the Canadiens have a new way of doing business.
“The negotiations were relatively easy,” Price said Monday after agreeing to a six-year contract that will pay him $6.5 million a season.
The surprise announcement by general manager Marc Bergevin came 11 days after the team announced that they had filed for salary arbitration. The quick settlement was in sharp contrast to Price’s last negotiations with the team. Those talks dragged on into late summer before Price signed a two-year deal worth $5.5 million.
In a conference call from his home in Williams Lake, B.C., Price described the six-year term as “strategic.”
“I’ll be 30 when this deal expires and that’s when I should be in my prime,” Price said. “I hope I’ve had a few good seasons and a Stanley Cup or two and I’ll be set for my next contract.”
It should be noted that Price already has a sweet deal. Only two goaltenders have a higher cap hit than Price. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne tops the list at $7 million while Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers checks in at $6.875 million.
Price described the past season as “pretty good,” but it wasn’t as good as his previous season and it ended prematurely after he suffered a concussion.