Carey Price's agent denies 'strike' talk

careypricemakesasave.jpgContrary to previous reports, Carey Price reportedly isn’t vain (and short sighted) enough to “go on strike” if he doesn’t get the alleged $3 million he is seeking from the Montreal Canadiens. TSN caught up with Price’s agent Gerry Johannson, who refuted the strike talk.

Talk of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price “going on strike” appear to be a bit premature.

In an interview with RDS, Price’s agent Gerry Johannson says that negotiations between the Canadiens and his client continue to progress, however he admits there is plenty of work to do before a deal can be announced. Johannson told RDS he hopes the next few days can be productive and his client will have a deal in hand, ready to start training camp.

A restricted free agent, Price has been unable to come to terms with the Canadiens on a new contract with one online source reporting that the 23-year old netminder was ready to “go on strike” if he did not receive a deal worth a reported $3 million a year.

When you consider the fact that a Stanley Cup winning goalie might only make $2 million next season, it’s pretty ludicrous to imagine a promising prospect who hasn’t really had much actual success like Carey Price would brashly demand $3 million.

While his career save percentage is pretty solid (91.2 percent), he didn’t win many of the 41 games he played in during the 2009-10 season (13-20-5). His career record is much better though, at 60-48-18. Still, many of his career numbers are bolstered by a strong 07-08 campaign. He hasn’t done quite as well the last two seasons.

Those qualms aside, the Montreal Canadiens backed themselves into a negotiating corner with Price when they traded Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues. Even if Halak’s substantial asking price could be cited as a reason for the Habs’ move, it also was a clear sign that the team believes in Price’s pedigree more than his results.

Now that Antti Niemi is almost off the market, the Habs lose even more leverage. At some point, one side is going to blink in this game of bargaining chicken. We’ll pass along the details once (or if) a deal becomes official.

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    Kings sign Andreoff to two-year extension

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    The L.A. Kings have brought back pending restricted free agent forward Andy Andreoff.

    The Kings announced Saturday that they have re-signed Andreoff to a two-year deal worth an annual average value of $677,500.

    He appeared in only 36 games last season, spending time on injured reserve, adding two assists. The previous year, however, he played in 60 games for L.A., scoring eight goals with 10 points.

    At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Andreoff is known more for his physical style and checking abilities than offensive production, with 146 penalty minutes combined over the last two seasons.

    Stars hope they got a second-round steal in Robertson

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    CHICAGO — His stats jump right off the page.

    On a Kingston Frontenacs squad that really struggled to score, Jason Robertson had 42 goals as a 17-year-old. Nobody else on his team had more than 26 goals.

    For that reason, the Dallas Stars are hoping they got a steal in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft. Robertson, a winger, went 39th overall Saturday at United Center. A lot of scouts had him pegged as a first-rounder.

    So why didn’t he go earlier?

    Probably his skating.

    “Everyone needs to work on stuff,” Robertson said. “Obviously, for me, I need to work on that. It’s something I’m always going to keep working on.”

    But skating didn’t stop Robertson (6-2, 192) from shooting up the prospect rankings in 2016-17. At the midpoint of the season, NHL Central Scouting had him as the 34th-best North American skater. By season’s end, he was 14th.

    “I think a lot of it came from confidence,” he said. “I gained more confidence in my game, my skating, my shot. Once I did that in the second half of the year, I really took off.”

    He sure did, with 30 of his 42 goals coming in the final 40 games of the regular season. He then added five goals and 13 assists in 11 playoff games.

    Robertson was born in Los Angeles, where his dad and grandpa were Kings season-ticket holders. He started playing hockey in L.A., then moved to Detroit when he was 10.

    Report: Isles keep dealing, send Hamonic to Calgary (Updated)

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    It’s been rumored for days that Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic might be on the move.

    And now it’s happened.

    Per Sportsnet, the Isles have dealt Hamonic to Calgary. It’s the second significant move of the draft weekend from GM Garth Snow who, on Thursday, acquired Jordan Eberle from Edmonton in exchange for Ryan Strome.

    Hamonic, 26, is coming off a difficult campaign in which injuries limited him to just 49 games. That said, he’s still a well-regarded blueliner that will make Calgary’s defense one of the deepest in the league.

    There, he’ll play alongside Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton and T.J. Brodie, putting the Flames in the conversation with Nashville for the best top-four in the NHL.

    Hamonic had made waves during the ’15-16 campaign, when it was learned he’d requested a trade from the Islanders due to a family issue. That request had since been rescinded.

    It’s worth mentioning that Hamonic has one of the more club-friendly deals in the league. He has three years left on a seven-year, $27 million deal, one that carries a $3.857M average annual cap hit. For a top-four defenseman that can log big minutes and post solid possession metrics, that’s a pretty low price to pay.

    No word yet on what the return is for New York. The Isles selected a pair of defensemen — Robin Salo and Benjamin Mirageas — with their second- and third-round picks on Saturday morning.

    UPDATE: Looks as though the Isles are only getting picks in return.

    More to follow…

     

    Jets extend Chiarot — two year, $2.8 million

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    Winnipeg has retained some of its defensive depth, re-signing Ben Chiarot to a two-year deal worth $2.8 million.

    It’s a $1.4 million average annual cap hit for the 26-year-old, and a nice pay bump from the $850,000 he was making on his previous deal.

    Chiarot had a nice campaign in ’16-17, scoring a career-high 12 points while appearing in 59 games. The season ended on a down note, however, as he suffered an upper-body injury in mid-March and was shut down for the year.

    Looking ahead, Chiarot will likely continue to serve in a depth role for the Jets. The club is bringing back nearly all of the same defensemen it had last year, and it’s expected youngster Josh Morrissey will take on an even bigger role.