The Montreal Canadiens announced today that they have made six key signings behind the scenes. While everyone is waiting for Carey Price to agree to terms with the team, Habs GM Pierre Gauthier went to work today by adding Serge Boisvert and Ryan Jankowski to the Canadiens’ amateur scouting group.
In addition, Gauthier has hired Vaughn Karpan as a professional scout, while Christer Rockstrom will become a scout for the European leagues as of September 1, 2010.
On an administrative level, the team also announced the appointment of Ken Morin as hockey information coordinator and officially announced that Pierre Allard is the new strength and conditioning coach
So another day passes and Carey Price still remains unsigned. How long will it take and will this start to spill over into August? If so, as Mike Boone from the Montreal Gazette pointed out, we might start hearing the dreaded word “Hold-out”.
Can you imagine if this actually drags out into late August? Can you imagine the insanity that will ensue if Price actually becomes a holdout? While it’s highly unlikely that things will go in that direction, the longer things take the more explosive this situation becomes since the Canadiens have clearly put all of their eggs into the Carey Price basket.