Habs set in goal

Mon­treal signs Carey Price to lu­cra­tive eight-year ex­ten­sion

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Carey Price will soon be the high­est-paid goal­tender in hockey.

The Mon­treal Cana­di­ens signed the 29-year-old to an eight-year ex­ten­sion that re­port­edly car­ries an an­nual cap hit of US$10.5 million. That will soon sur­pass Hen­rik Lundqvist for the top an­nual mark among goalies in the NHL with the New York Rangers vet­eran cur­rently earn­ing $8.5 million on the cap an­nu­ally.

Price’s new deal doesn’t kick in un­til the 2018-19 sea­son and won’t ex­pire un­til the sum­mer of 2026.

Price, a na­tive of Anahim Lake, B.C., has one year left on a six-year deal signed ex­actly five years ear­lier which car­ried an an­nual cap hit of $6.5 million. He was due to be­come an un­re­stricted free agent next This April 1 photo shows Mon­treal Cana­di­ens goalie Carey Price dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of an NHL game against the Tampa Bay Light­ning in Tampa, Fla. The Cana­di­ens have signed Price to an eight-year con­tract ex­ten­sion.

sum­mer.

Get­ting him signed be­fore that was among the top pri­or­i­ties for gen­eral man­ager Marc Bergevin this off-sea­son. Bergevin

has been ac­tive oth­er­wise — ac­quir­ing promis­ing 22-yearold Jonathan Drouin from Tampa; trad­ing for de­fence­man David Sch­lemko; and then sign­ing Karl Alzner to a pricey fiveyear deal on July 1.

Price is well de­serv­ing of the big raise and dis­tinc­tion of high­est-paid goalie in the league.

He won the Vez­ina tro­phy as the league’s top goal­tender in the 2014-15 sea­son and has the high­est save per­cent­age (.923) since the start of the 2011-12 sea­son. He fin­ished third in Vez­ina vot­ing this past sea­son — Colum­bus’ Sergei Bo­brovsky won for the sec­ond time — post­ing a .923 save per­cent­age in 62 starts.

Price’s pend­ing $10.5 million cap hit will not only top the goalie mar­ket, but tem­po­rar­ily match Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Black­hawks for high­est in the game.

Con­nor McDavid is near­ing an eight-year ex­ten­sion with the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers that will re­port­edly sur­pass $13 million an­nu­ally on the cap.

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