Montreal and Carey Price Agree to 8-Year Extension
The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Carey Price to an 8-year contract extension, keeping their all-World netminder in La Sainte-Flannelle through the 2025-26 season. Price had one year remaining on his current contract, and an extension this summer was largely expected so as to avoid any distraction during the coming season.
Financial terms were not officially disclosed, but were reported at $10.5 million per season.
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Price, who will turn 30 this August, won the Vezina, Hart, Lindsay, and Jennings Trophies for his 2014-15 season, but then missed the majority of the 2015-16 season with a right knee injury. Price was previously forced out of the 2013-14 Stanley Cup Playoffs with an unrelated right knee injury, sustained in a collision with Chris Kreider in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Although that represents the farthest the Canadiens have advanced in the playoffs, Price has had tremendous success on the world stage, winning multiple Gold medals while representing Canada in Junior and Senior international competition, including the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
Montreal is clearly taking a calculated risk committing maximum term and money to a goaltender who will turn 38 before the final year of this contract. Any lingering concerns over Price’s recent knee injury were allayed when he remained healthy for the whole of the 2016-17 season, and was a Vezina nominee. Price himself has talked about the importance of maintaining his physical conditioning as he gets older. He has lost weight in an effort to reduce the wear his 6’3” frame puts on his hips and knees, as he told InGoal last summer.
“I typically fluctuate between 220 to 225 but I feel comfortable around 218,” said Price, noting he ended his Calder Cup-winning rookie season in 2006-07 around 260 pounds.” As my career progresses, as I get older, I’d like to start lightening up a little, maybe towards 215 or 212. It’s a lot of up and down in a season, so packing around an extra five pounds makes a difference.”
Price also added yoga to his regimen in the last few years as well to maintain his flexibility. Again, via InGoal’s Kevin Woodley, Price was happy to discuss his willingness to add to his conditioning regimen to prolong his prime.
He practices “as often as I can” early each summer with a trainer near his offseason home in Kelowna, British Columbia, ramps up to daily sessions in August, and maintains a short morning routine during the season that he said is designed specifically to lengthen his hamstrings and back.
“Yoga makes sense for goalies,” Price said. “I heard of a few goalies doing it and as you get older and wiser you have to change how you prepare, do a little extra to maintain.”
The Canadiens are doing their part as well. Al Montoya provided Montreal with a solid backup to help regulate Price’s regular season workload, and will return for 2017-18. Charlie Lindgren has proved capable of occasional spot duty on a call-up basis from the AHL as well.
The Canadiens also made a splash in the free agent market yesterday, signing Washington’s Karl Alzner to help solidify the defensive corps in front of Price, which is led by Shea Weber.
Price is from Anahim Lake, British Columbia. His mother is a former First Nation chief, and Price has been particularly active in First Nation-related charities.