Following in the footsteps of legends is not easy. The task is even more difficult when attempted in a hockey crazy town like Montreal and the legends are Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy. Although he didn't capture the Stanley Cup during his first ten seasons, Carey Price has owned the hearts of Habs fans since he was the NHL Rookie of the Year and the Vezina Trophy winner during his first season in 2007-08.
Montreal Canadiens Carey Price
Don't believe us? Well, everyone in hockey has heard of Carey "Jesus" Price and his nickname is a strong indication that this Guy is good eh? Adopting his idol Patrick Roy's butterfly style stance in between the pipes, this 5th overall 2005 NHL Draft pick quickly rose to become one of the best goaltenders in the world. Don't take our word for it - enjoy this video and judge for yourself.
If Carey Price isn't your guy yet, what more do you need? With achievements consistently coming since 2007, it's clear to see how Price is one of the best in the world. And it's not just the NHL that he excels in. He's also a beast in international play, representing Canada in the World Juniors, the World Cup of Hockey, and the Olympics. Simply stated - Carey Price is a world-class netminder.
Carey Price Stats
It's time to make our case. With the NHL 2016-17 season ongoing, Carey Price is tied for tenth with a 2.28 GAA and his .923 save percentage is tied for seventh best. Backstopping the Canadiens to a commanding lead in the Atlantic Division, Price has already collected 30 wins which has him tied for the seventh best total n the NHL. Looking at his early career though, Price seemed destined for greatness - and not just because his father was a goalie in the NEHL, EHL, IHL, and ACHL leagues.
|2007||WHL WEST FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM||JUNIOR|
|2007||WHL GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR||JUNIOR|
|2007||CANADIAN MAJOR JUNIOR FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM||JUNIOR|
|2007||CANADIAN MAJOR JUNIOR GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR||JUNIOR|
|2008||NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM||PRO|
|2009||NHL ALL-STAR GAME (STARTER)||PRO|
|2009||NHL YOUNG STARS GAME||PRO|
|2011||NHL ALL-STAR GAME||PRO|
|2012||NHL ALL-STAR GAME||PRO|
|2014||JEAN BÉLIVEAU TROPHY*||PRO|
|2014/15||WILLIAM M. JENNINGS TROPHY**||PRO|
|2015||NHL ALL-STAR GAME (STARTER)||PRO|
|2015||HART, JENNINGS, VEZINA, & LINDSAY TROPHIES||PRO|
|2004||WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE (WON SILVER)||INT.|
|2005||IVAN HLINKA MEMORIAL UNDER-18 JR. WORLD CUP (WON SILVER)||INT.|
|2005||IIHF UNDER-18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (WON GOLD)||INT.|
|2007||IIHF JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (WON GOLD)||INT.|
|2014||OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES (WON GOLD)||INT.|
Carey Price owned the Junior Circuit during the 2006-07 season. Along with his Western Hockey League and Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year awards, Price was the Calder Cup MVP with the Hamilton Bulldogs during their inaugural AHL Championship. Price was also a WHL and CMJ First Team All-Star plus MVP for the Gold Medal winning World Junior Team Canada squad in 2007. Price started his first NHL season (2007-08) as the Habs backup prior to being promoted to the starting goalie spot in March 2008. Despite playing part of his rookie year in the AHL, Price led all rookie netminders in wins, save percentage, and shutouts during his first NHL campaign.
Continuing his stellar play at the pro level, Price was selected as an All-Star in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2017. His greatest accomplishment to date was at the 2015 NHL Awards as Price won Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP, the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender and the "players only" voted Ted Lindsay Most Outstanding Player Award. He also shared the William M. Jennings Trophy (least goals allowed) with Chicago Blackhawks G Corey Crawford. Adding to his International Hockey success, Carey Price also struck gold during the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey tournament. Price was brilliant in Sochi as he posted a .971 SV% and a meagre 0.59 GAA.
Carey Price Contract
So what's Carey Price getting in return for his rock solid play? Well, he started out on a three-year entry level contract in Montreal that was valued at $6.6 million - earning him $2.2 million per year. Before the 2010-11 season, the team had to make a choice of which direction they would go as they had veteran Yaroslav Halak and young prodigy Price in the fold. After tons of speculation and drama, Halak was shipped off to the St. Louis Blues, and Carey Price was resigned on a two-year contract that was worth $2.75 million per season. Price achieved new heights that year with 38 wins, a 2.35 GAA, a .923 SV%, plus eight shutouts, that were all career best marks at the time.
Montreal awarded his talents in 2012 by resigning him to a six-year, $39 million contract, netting him $6.5 million per year on average. He has been money since then and he posted new career highs with a 2.32 GAA and .927 SV% in the 2013-14 season. Price led the Habs to a four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and an upset of the Boston Bruins, before a lower-body injured ended his postseason - which contributed to the Habs losing to the Rangers in six games.
As mentioned above, the 2014-15 season was his best yet, winning all 4 trophies, with astounding stats like a 1.96 GAA, .933 SV%, and 44 wins. The 2015-16 season was a disappointing one, but his play wasn't to blame. Price suffered a knee injury early in the season, after winning his first 10 games, and while it seemed likely he would return soon, he missed the rest of the season. Seeing more of the same each year, barring injury, Price is well worth every penny of his big contracts.
The Price is Right?
So how in the heck does this affect us? We're here to earn! Well, with a goalie of his calibre, we can go two ways. We can make plays on the UNDER in Montreal Canadiens games and count on Carey Price shutting the door - being as the Canadiens are not always offensive powerhouses. Another wagering option is backing Montreal in certain spots when they have a plus money line as that can be a great buy with a goaltender like Price between the pipes. Plus, "Jesus" has a knack for stealing victories no one thought Montreal could win. Canuck puck betting fans are well advised to wager at Sports Interaction or any of the top rated online sportsbook listed below. Remember, only make a play if the "Price" is right and these bookmakers always deliver the sharpest lines.
*Awarded annually to a Habs Player for his involvement with charities and in the community
**Award Shared with Chicago Blackhawks Corey Crawford