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. “I’m 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, I’m 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.
“I’d like to play a lot, but it’s up to Jacques,” he said. “I know I’ll have to earn it, No. 1’s aren’t just given, I learned that – especially last year.”