MONTREAL (AP) - The Montreal Canadiens have given a lengthy contract extension to their most important player.
Goaltender Carey Price has accepted an eight-year contract extension that runs through 2025-26. Price helped the Canadiens win the Atlantic Division title last season, recording a 2.23 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in 62 games.
He won the Hart Trophy as MVP and Vezina (VEH'-zih-nuh) Trophy as the top goaltender in 2014-15 when he led the NHL with a 1.96 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.
Price will be 38 when the extension expires.
In other hockey news:
- The Sharks have kept Joe Thornton and lost Patrick Marleau, who signed a three-year, $18.75 million package with the Maple Leafs. The 38-year-old Thornton said he heard from more than half the league before taking San Jose's one-year, $8 million pact.
- The Capitals have re-signed center Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT'-sahv) to an eight-year, $62.4 million deal that will count $7.8 million against the salary cap per season through 2024-25. Kuznetsov had 19 goals and 59 points last season, giving him 53 goals and 182 points in 261 NHL games. He's now the Caps' second highest-paid player behind only Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn).
-The Golden Knights have acquired center Marcus Kruger from the Blackhawks for undisclosed future considerations. Used primarily as a checking-line forward, Kruger had five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 70 games last season.