While rumours float through the blogosphere about Carey Price’s negotiation stance as a restricted free agent with the Canadiens, Price continues to compete on the B.C. Rodeo Circuit.

On Sunday Price finished third among 32 entries in the team roping competition at the Smithers Rodeo. Price and his partner Virgil Poppenroth collected 346.08 each. The pair completed the roping event in 9.1 seconds. Chad Evenson and Riley Isnardy won the event in 5.5 seconds. Price has won two events and has this weekend’s third place finish in a limited number of appearances on the B.C. Circuit this summer.  Next BCRA event will be the North Thompson Rodeo Labour Day weekend near Kamloops,  It will be the last event for Price before training camp opens September 17th.

As for the hockey-playing Carey Price, it was floated on the rumour mill that he is looking for a three million dollar contract and if he doesn’t get it, he’ll be a training camp holdout. For once we can’t blame this one on that notorious rumour-monger Eklund.  It came from the CBC’s Michel Godbout who, Tuesday used his Twitter account to post this:

“Exclusive: A very, very reliable source close to Carey Price, said the goaltender is seeking a salary of $ 3,000,000, otherwise he will go on strike (holdout)”.

it doesn’t take long for rumour to become a fact in cyberspace.  The story is now all over the web with no confirmation or attribution outside of Godbout and his “very, very reliable source”.   However during a Sunday interview with CKPG Television of Prince George B.C., Price characterized negotions as “close”.

Here is the CKPG Television feature on Price at the Smithers Rodeo.

Last time a restricted free agent without arbitration rights held out was Brandon Dubinsky of the Rangers last year. He gave up the holdout eight days into training camp, settling for 1.85 million cap-hit a year over two seasons. It should also be noted that a holdout can only last so long. If it goes past December, the player is ineligible to play until the following season no matter what kind of contract he eventually receives. In other words, for the only time in Price’s career, the hockey club holds all of the marbles.  Next year, if he doesn’t sign a multi-year deal, he’ll be eligble for arbitration.

For all of these reasons, the rumour doesn’t hold water.

Results at Smithers B.C. Rodeo August 29th – Courtesy BC Rodeo Association

Team Roping – Entries: 32

1. Chad Evenson/Riley Isnardy 5.5 $617.59 ea.
2. Glen / Stephen Brown 7.7 $492.28 ea.
3. Virgil Poffenroth/Carey Price 9.1 $346.08 ea.
4. Cash/Carey Isnardy 9.9 $220.78 ea.