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Report: Montreal elects to file for arbitration with Carey Price

Jun 21, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

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Not that there was really much cause for concern before, but it looks like one way or another, Carey Price will be wearing a Montreal Canadiens’ uniform in 2012-13. According to a recent report from RDS’ Renaud Lavoie, Montreal has filed for salary arbitration with Price.

Price was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer, but if this report is true, then no NHL team will be allowed to present Price with an offer sheet. At the same time, the Montreal Canadiens can continue to negotiate with Price in the hopes of avoiding arbitration altogether.

Lavoie said that this shouldn’t be taken as a sign that the contract talks between Montreal and Price aren’t going well. Instead, this is likely Montreal simply playing it safe. After all, Price is a vital part of their long-term plans and they don’t want to give opposing teams any opportunity to wrestle him away.

Price is coming off a two-year/$5.5 million contract and he’ll probably end up with a substantial raise.

  1. lordstanley65 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    They would be smart to lock this kid up.

  2. bcjim - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Ok, but overrated, imo.

  3. govtminion - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    He’s developing into a solid goaltender the past couple of years, which is honestly surprising to me- after the attitude issues he had his first couple of years, I kind of figured he’d end up being out the door by now. I don’t know that I’d pay him top-flight money, but he’s definitely worth hanging on to. He’s a much better option than anything the Habs would get in a trade or via free agency, and if he continues to improve the way he has the past couple of years, who knows- maybe he’ll become that top-flight goalie after all.

    (Yes, a Bruins fan is giving praise to a Habs goalie. Dogs and cats living together, blah blah blah. 😉 )

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Leafs need a goalie…….

    • habsman - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:21 AM

      You guys leave him alone mojo.

  5. drunkbro - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    canadiens weren’t a strong team this year, the strongest player on the team was price. And scott GOAAAALmez

  6. dolanster - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Over-rated. Period.

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