The slow pace of Carey Price’s contract talks is “relatively normal,” his agent says.
John Kenney, Gazette
Nothing terribly significant to report on contract talks between the Canadiens and goaltender Carey Price, who has been an unsigned restricted free agent for a little more than a month.
As a blurb at the bottom of the Jamal Mayers to San Jose story on Sportsnet.ca they mention that Brian Burke has cancelled his charity lunch this week in order to fly to Europe “in order to negotiate a deal with a prospective player”.
Both Tyler Seguin and the Bruins acknowledge that the 18-year-old isn’t guaranteed a spot on the 2010-11 roster. But if Seguin makes the team out of training camp (he must return to his junior team in Plymouth if he doesn’t), his contract will have been in place well before October.
Off-season conditioning continues to go well for unrestricted free agent defenceman Willie Mitchell, who is coming off a concussion suffered in mid-January after being run from behind by Evgeni Malkin.
The Chicago Blackhawks have walked away from the $2.75 million contract that was awarded to Antti Niemi in arbitration, which makes the Stanley Cup-winning goalie an unrestricted free agent.
Instead, the Blackhawks have signed veteran netminder Marty Turco to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.