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Game 13: Habs/Rangers

  • An interesting stat for the Canadiens as they head into Saturday night’s game in New York City: Montreal currently sits in 4th place in the NHL for 5 on 5 scoring ratio. The Habs have a ratio of 1.35 which is pretty fantastic considering this team has lived and died by speacial teams in the past.

    Having Carey Price sure helps. he made a save last night that nearly melted my brain when I saw the replay. I’m linking to it because it was such a fantastic save. Pekka Rinne just signed a contract extension paying him $49M for the next 7 years. Rinne and Price get compared to each other a lot. Maybe its because Nashville is such a small market that people assume Rinne is a young goaltender – but the amazing Finnish netminder is 29 years old. Price is 24.  People have asked me in the past few days what it will take to sign Price after this season – which is a tough question. There are very few good comparissons for elite goalies that are SO young. Price will still be an RFA after this season – but as we’ve seen with Doughty and others this season, that doesn’t mean home town discount. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I will say this: I can imagine many scenarios but I believe Price will not cost the Habs any less than Cam Ward’s 6.3 or Ryan Miller’s 6.25. I can easily imagine Price making Rinne’s 7M over a very long contract. I fear Price’s agent may push for more.

    Oh well, thats for PG to figure out. MSG! Go Habs Go!!

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    November 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Well considering that we pay 5-6M for our best forwards and our best defenceman who has not played much in the last two years. 6M a year for one of the best goalies in the NHL who is cabable of playing in excess of 70 games a year is not too much. Also considering if we did not have Price this team would not have made the playoffs last year and probably not make them this year either without him. The extra playoff revenue alone would play for the extra Million or two we need to spend. Personally, I think he will be willling to sign for 4-5 M during his RFA years with the idea that he would want more as an UFA. We might be better off signing him for 7 M over 7 years. Personally, I hate long term contracts over 5 years, but it is a gamble you make that could save or cost the organization money down the road if he is not healthy.

  2. #2 Avatar37 says:
    November 6, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I think Price would sign in the $5-$6 mil range. I think $7 mil a year for a goalie is too much. I mean, Brodeur is only making $5.2 mil a year…

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