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A little more on Carey Price

Another brief update on Carey Price today, with more discussion of his off-season rodeo habits - and a pretty snazzy picture of Mr. Price lassoing from atop a horse.

Now word that the Canadiens are in fact none to pleased with Mr. Price’s penchant for his horse habits, and while they softened their stance to allow his participation in a competition a week ago (as discussed on Kukla’s Korner) they are not enamoured with his choice of off-season training (scoop credit to Ron Reush of TheReushBlog).

Price Living Life like a Cowboy

So, what do fans think, Habs and otherwise: should NHL teams be able to mandate the off-season activities of their players? How about when they are not technically under contract, like Mr. Price? While the players are assets, and teams must protect their well being, they are also individuals with hobbies and interests.

How specifically should NHL teams be able to dictate the activities of their players?

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Pharazon's avatar

don’t most high earning players have clauses in their contracts to stop them doing things like this?

they’re generally not even allowed to ride motorbikes..

although i don’t know if Rodeo is classed as an extreme sport..

i’d imagine that ahy new contract he signs will have that very clause in it

Posted by Pharazon from England on 08/21/10 at 02:01 PM ET


Maybe this will calm down a few….

“For those wondering, team roping was the only event the NHL would let Price participate in.”

Read more: http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/sports/Habs+goalie+visits+fair/3394418/story.html#ixzz0xARQxz00

Posted by Lyse on 08/21/10 at 02:35 PM ET

scotts0's avatar

Sure, teams should be allowed to mandate what their players do in the offseason.  If they’re paying them all the money they’re paying them, they better not get injured and get all that money for nothing.

But on the flipside…Price isn’t employed by the Habs, so they really can’t say shit to him.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 08/21/10 at 10:48 PM ET

pjwalny's avatar

Teams should absolutely mandate the activities of their players in the offseason. I would be sooo effin pissed if Datsyuk was out half the season because he was mountain climbing in god knows where. That was an example.

Do you allow Doctors to use drugs? Would you let your lawyer represent your wife in a divorce? Do you let a writer from your paper write for a competing paper?

Maybe those were bad also: haha

Seriously though, these players are crucial people in a billion dollar industry. Their activities should be watched. Not completely though.

Posted by pjwalny from Not Detroit, evidently?? on 08/22/10 at 03:25 PM ET


I think there’s probably a middle ground. I can understand teams being so concerned though. I recall pitcher Paul Quantrill breaking his femur on a snow mobile, then lying about it, and then coming clean. I’m sure there are hockey examples as well. That specific activity was banned in Quantrill’s contract (I think he was a Yankee at the time). He was never the same pitcher after that. All it could take is Price falling off his horse.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 08/22/10 at 04:59 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Are we suggesting that the only reason Price hasn’t signed is because he wanted to take part in this rodeo?

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/23/10 at 09:39 AM ET


Posted by Da lil Guy from Ottawa on 08/23/10 at 08:39 AM ET

I highly doubt it, seems like a small issue they would be able to work out. I’m almost positive, based on what I’ve read and heard, that the holdup is regarding the length of the contract. Sounds as if Price wants a short-term deal, perhaps one year, and the Habs want to lock him up longer.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 08/23/10 at 09:44 AM ET

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