Price is right for Habs

Carey Price. (QMI Agency/Eric Bolte)

Carey Price. (QMI Agency/Eric Bolte)


, Last Updated: 7:13 PM ET

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has a contract reportedly worth $5.5 million over two-years with the team, ending a stalemate that lasted the entire summer.

I feel great, Price said during a conference call. Im really excited to be back.

Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed but earlier reports indicated Price, a restricted free agent, was looking for $3 million a season. Rumours were flying that Price had threatened to hold out, but he denied that was ever a possibility.

There was no plan on that, Price said. Both wanted a shorter term so we both agreed on two years. I think that was an issue that got cleared up right away.

The 22-year-old has been with the Montreal Canadiens since 2007-08, but posted a dismal 13-20-5 record last year.

This year is a brand new start, Price said. I know I gotta play better, Im not putting the onus on anybody else.

Hoping to improve his game for the 2010-11 season, Price joked that he plans on being the starting goalie for all 82 of the regular season games.

Id like to play a lot, but its up to Jacques, he said. I know Ill have to earn it, No. 1s arent just given, I learned that especially last year.