What Price Is Right? Carey Price Still Working Out Deal with Montreal

August 2nd, 2010 by Matt Eichel Leave a reply »

It's a foregone conclusion that Carey Price, the former fifth-overall pick in the 2005 draft, is the go-to goalie in Montreal.

Now, what is strange, is that he's the first to assume the role uncontested since Patrick Roy was the go-to man when he left in 1996.

From Jocelyn Thibault and Andy Moog to Jose Theodore battling Jeff Hackett, Crisotbal Huet, and Jaroslav Halak, Price is now the only goalie since Roy to have a backup in Alex Auld that was signed purely to help take the bite out of Price's workload.

Price has two 20-win seasons in the NHL but his consistency has been the biggest criticism of the young netminder's game.

Look in comparison to other young goalies who signed contracts this offseason, most notably former teammate Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis (four years, $2.75 million upwards to $4.5 million) and Jonathan Quick in LA (three years, all under $2 million).

Quick had 39 wins in 2009-10, amongst the league leaders and he's also making under $2 million per year in the three final years of his deal.

So what is Price worth?

Or what is Price's price?

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