It took about 35 seconds after Pekka Rinne’s seven-year, $49 million contract extension was announced by the Nashville Predators for Montreal Canadiens fans to flood Twitter with Carey Price comparisons.
And yes, there’s no question that Price’s leverage just went up even more, if it wasn’t high enough to begin with.
They are not exact comparisons: Rinne was unrestricted free agent-bound, while Price will be a restricted free agent July 1. UFA-bound players always have a bit more leverage.
Still, they’re both MVPs for their respective teams and top-five goalies in the world.
Contract talks haven’t begun yet between the Habs and Price’s camp, but the plan is for those discussions to begin before the offseason.
“We’re expecting to have a conversation with Montreal sometime this season,” Price’s agent, Gerry Johansson, told ESPN.com on Thursday.
Price is earning $2.75 million this season, and that salary will easily double.