Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/3/12

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 12: Goaltender Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on December 12, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Montreal Canadiens were active as free agency opened, but the team's biggest splash came with the announcement that goaltender Carey Price has agreed to a six-year contract worth $39 million. The deal calls for an annual salary of $6.5 million, which gives Price the third highest cap hit among NHL goalies behind Nashville's Pekka Rinne ($7 million) and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers ($6.88 million). The Canadiens went into free agency with the idea of getting tougher, but the question after their July 1 spending spree is: Did the team get better? The Canadiens made three acquisitions, signing forwards Colby Armstrong and Brandon Prust as well as defenseman Francis Bouillon, who returns to Montreal after a three-year absence. The Prust deal raises the most questions because the Canadiens gave him a four-year, $10 million contract. That represents a healthy raise over the $800,000 he made last season with the New York Rangers. Prust is a tough right winger and ...
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