Habs Carey Price – His Trials and Persecution

Not so long ago in a galaxy not so far away Carey Price was an outlaw in the City of Montreal, backing up Jaroslav Halak. He was booed by the home fans for his play. Many pundits called for trading him and keeping Halak. They were angry at the move over the summer that sent Halak packing to the St Louis Blues. No matter how hard Carey Price tried, the lack of defensive support and effort from the rest of the team was put aside in order for fans and critics alike to concentrate on bashing Carey Price. What you are witnessing this season from the Hab’s starting goaltender (now battling for the lead in wins and shutouts among NHL goaltenders) is the transformation of Carey Price. Carey, much like a prior goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens Patrick Roy worked many nights where the defense was non-existent in front of them yet keeping the team in the game.

Many remember that last night Patrick Roy played for the Montreal Canadiens (against the Detroit Red Wings) and was booed by the fans for the overall poor play of the team throwing up his hands in defeat (like Carey Price years later) after making a save in the one sided loss. After Habs Management prematurely got rid of Cristobal Huet (a strong mentor for the young Carey Price at the time) his development took a few seasons longer unlike Patrick Roy (who had veterans Steve Penney and Brian Hayward back him up behind the pipes early in his career). Carey has faced the same adversity that Patrick Roy did when paving his path to the NHL Canadiens. Alot of pressure had been placed on both goalies at a young age. Patrick had achieved a Stanley Cup in his first season with a much more talented Habs team, but was driven out of town shortly after their last Championship in 1993. But is Carey Price more following in the footsteps of Martin Brodeur (for the New Jersey Devils) who blossomed after his 3rd season? Is he preparing himself for a much longer tenure as a Montreal Canadien due to this? Have the tests he faced early in his career important to making him one of the greatest goalkeepers of this generation in the game? Only time will tell but it seems the former AHL Calder Cup winning MVP and Team Canada Jr gold medal MVP is taking the next level of his game and career in stride. The goaltending torch has been passed this season in the Montreal Canadiens organization.


1 Response to “Habs Carey Price – His Trials and Persecution”

  1. March 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    It’s interesting to see this point of view. I can’t say fore sure if I agree or not, but it is something I will think about now.

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