The Montreal Canadiens hiring Jeff Gorton as executive VP of hockey operations as part of their recent front-office shakeup has some pundits wondering what's in store for several veterans on long-term contracts.
Talk of trading Price is sacrilege for most Canadiens fans, especially after he backstopped the club last season to its first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1993. The 34-year-old goaltender began this season in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program and continues working his way back from offseason knee surgery.
LeBrun was curious over where Price could fit into a rebuild if that's what Gorton intends to do. He also indicated several teams around the league could be interested in finding out once the former Vezina Trophy winner is healthy and back in action.
Price has a full no-movement clause in his contract. He waived it for the Seattle expansion draft but that was so the Canadiens could protect backup Jake Allen. Nevertheless, Price could consider doing so for a contender if a rebuild is in the cards for the Habs.
The NMC wouldn't be as big a stumbling block as Price's $10.5-million annual salary cap hit through 2025-26. LeBrun, however, suggested in The Athletic the Canadiens would have to retain some salary and perhaps take on a contract or two. A three-team deal with the third club retaining part of Price's cap hit could also work.
Don't expect Price to hit the trade block anytime soon. Nothing will happen until he returns to the Canadiens lineup and he and Gorton have a chance to discuss the club's direction.