Carey Price has always been a debatable topic among the Montreal Canadiens organization. As many starting goalies do, he’s had his ups and downs. This season in particular, the Habs aren’t starting how they wished they would (1-3-0-1 record) and have been putting immense pressure on Price.
After the overtime loss to the Maple Leafs, Price had no one to blame but himself in his eyes. In a post-game interview, here’s what he had to say:
“We scored three goals tonight. I thought it might have been our best game of the year,” Price said. “We played very well and, unfortunately, I didn’t have my best game of the year. I think if I would have played better we’d be looking at this a different way.”
Yes, his current stats aren’t the most appealing (3.45 goals-against and an .885 save percentage) but it’s not just Price who is causing the team issues. The defense needs to be fixed, fast. Price is struggling even more because of the messy defense.
The reality of it all is that Price is worth his contract at this point of his career. Besides winning a Stanley Cup, he has notable awards such as the Vézina and Hart Trophies and a gold medal. Unfortunately, the NHL revolves around a Stanley Cup win. If you don’t have one, then it puts small a dent in your reputation.
Remember though, Price has been starting for Montreal since 2007. Ten years of goaltending for one team is a long time, and Price hasn’t truly let anyone down while playing for the Habs. I think because of his new, expensive contract fans are expecting more. Which, as a fan, I do understand and will sit back and question a player’s worth from time-to-time.
It hasn’t even been a month into the regular season, I think we need to take a breather and let the team and Price fall into place.
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