Canadiens' Carey Price Now NHL's Highest Paid Goalie With Contract Extension

Inks eight-year extension with Canadiens

Price won the Hart Trophy as MVP and Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in 2014-15 when he led the National Hockey League with a 1.96 goals-against average and.933 save percentage. In 62 games a year ago, the Anahim Lake, B.C., native posted a 37-20 record along with five overtime/shootout losses.

Price has a 270-175 record with 55 overtime losses in 509 regular-season games with a 2.40 goals-against average and a.920 save percentage.

Radulov got that from the Stars, who also signed center Martin Hanzal for $14.25 million over three years, acquired defenseman Marc Methot from Vegas and traded for and signed goaltender Ben Bishop. Price will be paid $2 million more per year than Henrik Lundqvist to become the highest-paid goalie in the NHL, and the average value matches that of Jonathan Toews' and Patrick Kane's deals as the largest in the league.

Price was entering the final year of his deal with Montreal, which will pay him $7 million. The British Columbia native said he never considered finishing his career in the west and that he was ecstatic to sign long term.

"We feel we're ready to take the next step, " Jets general manager general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said.

Both unrestricted free agents have received offers from their previous clubs - Marleau has a two-year deal on the table from San Jose, while Radulov has a four-year offer from Montreal. They will have some money coming off the books for that season as Tomas Plekanec and his $6 million will be gone and as things stand, most of his money will be earmarked towards covering Price's extension. "I consider both of those guys close friends of mine, and I'd hate to see them go". He also led Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2014.

"We'll try to get that done as soon as possible", said Bergevin.

"I'm no different. We'll manage it, and it makes the draft and our young players more important". "I think we have a lot of the right pieces right now, and it's just going to come down to the players responding and playing well next season".

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