Montreal says goalie worth the high Price, reminds of Kings' Quick deal

Montreal says goalie worth the high Price, reminds of Kings' Quick deal

July 11, 2017 3:02 AM
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Quick, besides L.A.’s Jonathan Quick, name the best goaltender in the National Hockey League.

“Nobody has a goaltender like Carey Price in the league,” said Montreal GM Marc Bergevin, “There’s a saying we use: Goalies are not important until you don’t have one. Seeing what’s going on around the League with teams who are looking for a goaltender, it’s really hard to do. So it’s a position that’s hard to find and we have, in our opinion,”

The Price deal with the Habs is a massive hit on the salary cap. Price, 31, will receive an eight-year package worth $10.5 million per season, starting in 2018-19. Otherwise, Price had the option to test the free agent market next summer.

In comparison, the Kings’ Quick accepted a much-maligned, 10-year deal worth $5.8 million over 10 years through 2026. So which club is crazier?

When Price’s deal takes effect, he will be tied with Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Jonathan Tews for the highest AAV in the NHL.

That is, until Edmonton’s Connor McDavid signs his big-money deal.

An Oscar to Vegas

Last week Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced the signing of forward Oscar Lindberg to a two-year contract through the 2018-19 season worth an average annual value of $1.7 million.

Lindberg was selected by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21 from the New York Rangers. Lindberg, 25, was selected in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. The native of Sweden has 48 points in 134 games.