Price, whose playoff exploits were a critical factor in bringing Montreal to the Stanley Cup final this season, is in the fourth year of an eight-year contract that carries an annual cap of $ 10.5 million. of dollars.
During Montreal’s race to the Cup final, Price started all 22 games. The 33-year-old has recorded a 2.28 goals-against average and 0.924 save percentage, as well as a shutout. In the regular season, Price was in 25 games, going 12-7-5 with a 2.64 goals against average and .901 save percentage.
Price’s waiver of his no-move clause would allow the Canadiens to protect Jake Allen in the expansion draft, while banking on Price’s salary deterring the Kraken from claiming him. He is also owed an $ 11 million signing bonus in September.
Allen, who signed for Montreal last offseason, was 11-12-5 with a 2.68 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in his first season with the Canadiens.
The uncertainty over whether or not Price will play for Montreal next season marks the latest surprising turning point in a hectic offseason for the Canadiens.
Shortly after extending Dominique Ducharme, the head coach of the team that helped organize Montreal’s return to the final for the first time since 1993, news broke that the career of team captain Shea Weber was threatened by persistent problems with her feet and ankles.
The expansion draft takes place next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET and can be seen live on Sportsnet.