The scene: a horse ranch in Northern British Columbia. A phone rings.
Carey Price: Hello?
Josh Gorges: Hey, Pricey. It's me.
Price: Gorgy! 'Sup, man? Lookin' forward to seeing you guys next week.
Gorges: Not too much happening on my end. You're making some news, though.
Price: No way! What's going on? Hey! Did they show my rodeo stuff on TV?!
Gorges: Yeah, yeah. You're a rodeo star. You're a real...
Price interrupts excitedly
Price: I'm getting better every time. I've won nearly seven hundred bucks this summer, you know.
Gorges: Yeah, well, I hope you can live on that.
Gorges: What's with all this talk about you holding out?
Price: Whoa! Holding out? Who the hell is saying that?
Gorges: Where've you been all summer? In the woods or something? Never mind, don't answer that. The papers are saying if you don't get three mill a year, you're going on strike. They're quoting someone very, very close to you.
Price: Oh man! This totally sucks.
Gorges: Carey, I have to ask, is there any truth to this? Best to spill now if there is.
Price: Jeez, Gorgy. Who died and made you captain? Ha ha!
Gorges: Seriously. We have to figure out how to deal with this. Who've you been talking to?
Price: Nobody, I swear. I dropped my phone in the horse trough when the season ended and I just got a new one on Monday. You and my agent are the only ones with the number. Hey, it wasn't you, was it? I'll have to go all Laraque on your ass.
Gorges: Ha ha! Good one! You know it wasn't me. What the hell did you say to your agent?
Price: Nothing, I swear. Just small talk, mostly. I told him the secret to calf-roping is to get out of the gate in three seconds or less and strike quick.
Gorges: Uh oh. What else?
Price: Well, um, he asked me about my ballgame the other night and I said I thought I had ball three, but they called me out on a strike.
Gorges: Okay, I'm starting to see a pattern here. Is that it?
Price: Pretty much. I said I downloaded the original three Star Wars flicks, and my favourite was the Empire Strikes Back. Oh, and I told him I was breaking a new colt and even though he threw me three times I didn't have the heart to strike him. Then we talked about my contract for a few minutes, and that was it.
Gorges: I think I see what went wrong. Here's what I think we should do...
Price: Gor...? You...break...up. Stup... phone. Got... ...ception up here. Wha... ...ink do? I ...ee mill... go on ...ike.
Gorges: Oh man! No wonder they say this team has communication problems. Pricey? Carey? Damn!