The Montreal Canadiens finally have a number one goaltender, as Carey Price penned a two-year deal yesterday. The 23-year-old netminder is set to be Montreal’s No. 1 goalie this season, following Jaroslav Halak’s trade to St. Louis.
“We are extremely happy that Carey has agreed to pursue his career with the Canadiens,” General Manager Pierre Gauthier said. “Carey is a key member of our club. He has proven that he has what it takes to be a good goaltender in the league, and we are confident he will perform to the best of his abilities for years to come in a Canadiens uniform.”
There had been speculation as to whether Price would re-sign with the Habs considering it took so long for a deal to be struck. Price also seemed unhappy that Halak was the Canadiens’ most relied-upon goalie last season. However, the pressure is firmly back on Price to show why the Canadiens management have put so much faith in him over the past few years.
Price isn’t someone who generally shines under pressure. However, he is running out of chances. If he fails to make a difference in the next two years, it will be the end of Price in Montreal.
Price has been with the Canadiens since his draft in 2005. He has brought some much-needed stability to Montreal, and his contract may help solidify a struggling team to gel.
Last season, the Canadiens contained so many new faces and couldn’t even name a captain. Considering their problems, they surpassed many people’s expectations by reaching the Eastern Conference finals.
Consistency and stability are going to be key for the Canadiens this season, and Price’s inclusion couldn’t be an important part of the Canadiens’ jigsaw.