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The Decline Of Carey Price

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

The first signs of cracks came during the 2016-17 season just before coach Michel Therrien was fired. Remember that night in Colorado when he seemed to almost deliberately let in goals? Still that was a short stretch. Last season was a total disaster and nobody — no journalist, no Habs manager, not Price — has explained how he became not just mediocre but quite literally the worst starting goalie in the NHL.

This season, he’s just been average but there are signs that he’s about to go from average to terrible. He has let in at least four goals in each of his last four games and he is once again near the bottom of the NHL goalie rankings. On Thursday night, Price was not in the game, fighting pucks all night. By my count, four of the six Buffalo goals on him were just brutal, including the OT winner from Rasmus Ristolainen.

I’ve been saying it for two years. There is something wrong between Price’s ears. He finally admitted it Thursday.

“It’s all upstairs, I gotta figure it out,” he said.

The scary thing is that Bergevin’s plan has always been to rely on Price and hope he pulls off a miracle. The plan hasn’t changed and that’s a mistake because it looks less and less likely that Price will be pulling off any miracles.


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TreKronor's avatar

In past years Price good be good or just fine and the team had enough talent to win the games anyways because they could score and play defense.

Now days, the teams talent just isn’t there so when price isn’t amazing the team is going to struggle.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/10/18 at 10:38 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Maybe Price can’t concentrate on pucks because he’s trying to figure out how he’s going to spend the $10.5M a year he’s going to get for the next 8 years. That contract makes what the Wings paid Howard a while back look like a steal.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/10/18 at 11:16 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Boy the media in Montreal don’t pull any punches with their criticism.  I’m not say I want exactly this kind of media in Detroit,  but some actual independent opinions would be nice Helene.

My opinion is that Montreal hamstrings their organization by seemingly mandating that Coaches, GM’s ...etc are first and foremost French speaking. They habs tend to draft many players from Quebec. I think this organization hamstrings itself with this kind of thinking.

Also, good luck trading an $84 million dollar contract that only just kicks in this year. Not even drunk Kenny would be foolish enough to make that trade…..right Kenny???  grrr

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/10/18 at 02:02 PM ET


Bad team, when they were better in the PK years Price could elevate them into playoffs. Now there’s nothing he can do other than hope they get a top 3 pick and can their GM.

Posted by mtta on 11/10/18 at 06:29 PM ET

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