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Carey Price’s agent shoots down rumors of Montreal Canadiens looking at Antti Niemi

Carey Price

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) replaces teammate Jaroslav Halak in goal dduring the third period of Game 1 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Pittsburgh, Friday, April 30, 2010. The Penguins won 6-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Joe shared an update on the Carey Price situation yesterday, but there’s a little bit more circulating about the hot-prospect-turned-enigma in Montreal’s net. Any goalie rotation with question marks will probably generate some Antti Niemi rumors, so you can’t blame Price’s agent for clearing the air.

Here is his quote, via TSN by way of the Montreal Gazette.

Price’s agent Gerry Johannson told the Montreal Gazette on Wednesday his understanding was that there was no truth to the rumours that the Habs could go after unrestricted free agent netminder Antti Niemi.

The rest was covered by Joe yesterday. If you need clarification, Johannson said that the slow pace is “relatively normal” and that he expects the two sides to come to an agreement at the end of the month. Price also apparently is looking for a short-term contract.

While Price hasn’t really produced at the level expected of him, he’s in a strong bargaining position considering the fact that the team put a lot of hypothetical eggs in his basket. We’ll keep you up to date as word trickles out about the negotiations ... especially if Johannson ends up being wrong and the team goes after Niemi after all.