Despite having a bad season with the Montreal Canadiens in last season, the team has decided to signed goaltender, Carey Price anyway to a six-year, $39 million contract.
Price, 24, who became a restricted free agent on Sunday, was quite pleased with the signing.
"It's an honor to put the Habs uniform on," Price said.
His $6.5 million annual average value would be third among goaltenders, trailing Nashville's Pekka Rinne ($7 million) and this year's Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875Million). Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick earned a ten-year deal but is making less annually than Price in the new deal he signed in June.
Price's contract is the richest ever handed out by the Canadiens and could make or break the franchise's future.
Price said he doesn't think the pressure on him will be any greater because of the money he will be making. "There is tremendous amount of pressure on us no matter what were making. It might make you a target a little bit more, but being a goaltender, you're a target anyway," he said.
Last season, Price had a dismal 26-28-11 record, .916 save percentage, and a 2.43 goals against average, playing for a team that finished 15th in the Eastern Conference.
When this new contract expires, Price will be 30 years old. Price is probably not worried about that aspect as he has often said goaltenders are in their prime around 30 years old.