After the Jarolav Halak trade, and subsequent signing with St. Louis, the only thing on everyone's lips was Carey Price re-signing. A slow summer followed and the only money the young goalie was collecting came from rodeo prizes.
Over the week, mainly because of tweets by media personalities, speculation began to arise that Price was playing hardball. One said he would apparently go on strike if he and the Habs did not reach an agreement.
We all know that Montreal's administration had to avoid not having No. 31 show up at training camp. A contract dispute would've made every fan chant Halak's name during preseason St. Catherine riots. Some of us would've probably chastised a certain Vermont resident that shall remain nameless.
As many of you already know, this is not the case. The news we've all been waiting for throughout the offseason has finally arrived. Habs fans can breathe a sigh of relief, Carey Price will officially remain with the Montreal Canadiens after signing a two-year $5.5 million agreement; words that we all certainly expected to hear, it's just the time-frame we weren't sure of.
Price's agent, Gerry Johansson, tells the Montreal Gazette about how smooth the deal went in terms of negotiations: “There wasn’t any gamesmanship; it was very professional and very positive. It’s really refreshing when you start out with a team being upfront, saying, ‘We like the player, here’s our situation.'"
During a conference call, Price went on to say that he's "happy that all this is over" explaining he's "ready to play a big amount of games this season and will have to earn his spot in front of the cage." It should be a relatively easy task for the 23-year-old British Columbia native.
Unless journeyman backup goalie Alex Auld has something to say about it, Price will be the go-to goalie in Montreal. Yet, anything can happen when your the second string gatekeeper in Montreal. As we've seen throughout the years, sometimes one is indeed the loneliest number.
With Hal Gill, Brian Gionta, and Lars Eller showing up at the training facility in Brossard yesterday, all signs point to the summer Blues (no pun intended, I guess) officially being over.