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Don’t Be Surprised When the Kraken Bring Carey Price Home Tonight

Why will Carey Price (and family) be happy if he’s chosen tonight by the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft?

I know, the Montreal Canadiens have a daring gambit that Carey Price’s salary is too great and his potential injuries too threatening to take a chance on. But, tomorrow night at 8 pm Eastern Time, I won’t be surprised if the Canadiens’ franchise goalie gets picked by the Seattle Kraken. I also have to believe that there’s at least a chance – perhaps a probability – that Carey and his wife Angela hope it happens.

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Seattle Is Home to the Price Family

Carey Price has a website. On that website, he talks about his wife Angela. He met Angela when he played junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans in Washington state. They were married and now have three children – two daughters (Liv age 5 and Millie age 2) and a son (Lincoln, less than a year) born on October 26, 2020.

Carey Price UD Hockey Card Montreal Canadiens
Carey Price UD Hockey Card Montreal Canadiens

Last season, at the end of the 2019-20 season – as fans recall – the Montreal Canadiens were admitted to the Stanley Cup Playoffs almost as an afterthought. That admittance was a surprise because their record had not warranted their inclusion. They were added as the final team to balance the schedule for other teams. They surprisingly won a round. (Obviously, they did even more this season.)

However, Price considered skipping that playoff because of his fear of COVID-19. Instead, Price almost stayed home with his family. Where was “home?” The answer is that “home” was Angela’s parents’ home in Kennewick, Washington. 

If you do Google Maps Directions, you’ll see that Kennewick is 345 kilo-meters away from Seattle on I-90 West. Add to that the fact that the Price family’s offseason home is in Kelowna, British Columbia (Carey’s home province by the way), which is a straight shot north on Washington Rte 17N for 508 kilo-meters. Montreal is 4517 kilo-meters away from Kennewick, and only a little closer to Kelowna.

It’s Not as If the Price’s Don’t Like Montreal

The Price’s love Montreal. And what a career. Since his first start for the Canadiens on October 10, 2007, he’s gone on to set many records. During his first season, Price was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. He led the Canadiens to the first overall finish in the Eastern Conference and their first division title since 1991–92. He led all rookie goaltenders with 24 wins, a .920 save percentage, and three shutouts.

And that was just his first season. Since then, Price has almost come to own the Canadiens’ record book in many goalie categories. During the 2014-15 season, he did two better than former Canadiens’ goalie legends Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden (both who had won 42 games): he won 44 games.

Price has won the Hart Trophy, the Vezina Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Trophy, and the William M. Jennings Trophy — the annual award presented to the goalkeeper(s) who have played at least 25 games with the fewest goals scored against. He’s had quite the career.

The Price Family Has Made Montreal Their Home (Away from Home)

Carey and Angela also gave back. Working together, Carey and Angela were involved with several charities in both the Montreal area (and also throughout Canada). For that work, Price received the Jean Béliveau Trophy, awarded annually to a Canadiens’ player who has worked extensively with charities and in the Montreal community.

Carey’s comment at the time? “I think my wife deserves her name on the trophy more than I do, she’s really the catalyst behind a lot of the work.”

As part of one charity, the Prices donate a pair of tickets at each home game so that a deserving student and that student’s mentor can attend a Canadiens’ game. The tickets also include a meet-and-greet with the goalie. This donation is part of a “Stick with School” program the Prices created.

The Canadiens have been fortunate to have Price as their goalie, both because he’s been a great player and because he’s been a classy professional and role model within the community. He’s shown other Canadiens’ players how they can contribute.

A Bold Move or an Orchestrated Plan?

When Price agreed to waive his no-movement clause so that the Canadiens could expose him in the Kraken expansion draft tonight, it was heralded as a bold move. The rumor has it that the Canadiens believed the $10.5 million salary cap hit for five seasons plus Price’s injury issue would stop the Kraken from choosing the soon-to-be 34-year-old Price.

Carey Price Montreal Canadiens
Carey Price Montreal Canadiens

If Seattle picks Price, the Canadiens will be without its franchise player. He helped them on their run to the Stanley Cup Finals and played solid in net for most of the playoffs. If Seattle picks Price, they have their franchise goalie and will sell lots of jerseys with Price’s name on the back.

It’s noteworthy that Price only waived his no-movement clause for the purposes of the expansion draft. That means that, if Seattle chooses him, they are also tied to that no-movement clause and can’t claim him and then trade him.

Price’s Story of Overcoming Geography to Play Hockey

Anyone who knows Price’s story, as a youngster he had to overcome an expanse of geography because his rural northern British Columbia community had no indoor arena or hockey program. So, at the age of 9, he began commuting back and forth to the nearest arena to play and practice. That arena was in Williams Lake, so the Price family drove the 640-kilometer round trip three times each week. When the weather was good enough, Carey’s father, who was a pilot, flew a small plane so that Price could play.

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Perhaps, as Price finishes his Hall of Fame career, it would be nice to have him come home to do it. And, right now, Seattle is the closest arena Price has to a home.

I, for one, won’t be surprised if the Kraken do the almost unthinkable and choose Price as their franchise goalie and marquee player. I’m thinking Angela’s parents would be thrilled.

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