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Is it already time to panic about Carey Price?

Sep 26, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

pricepassedbypuck.jpgThe most important thing to remember – even if it slightly defeats the point of this exercise – is that none of this really matters. After all, Carey Price’s actual numbers are just the same as every other goalie in the regular season: zeroes across the board.

But that being said, there are two other things to note: 1) this is the preseason and everyone needs something to discuss and 2) this is Montreal, after all.

Many blogs and writers were asking Habs fans to take it easy on Price after the first ugly preseason performance – heck, the Montreal Canadiens and Price himself asked for a little relief – but what about TWO wholly irrelevant but BAD games? Price allowed four goals on only 10 shots in 30 minutes played in the first game against the Boston Bruins while he allowed six goals on 30 shots in a full game last night.

In other words, in two games Price allowed 10 goals on 40 shots. You can have a lot of fun with small sample numbers with this situation. “Price’s save percentage is only 75!” … “That’s a 7.00 GAA!” … “The sky is clearly falling!”

So, is it time to panic in Montreal? Well, it shouldn’t be; after all, it could be worse. Price’s knee could be torn apart like Minnesota Wild backup Josh Harding’s knee. Some people already claimed there was a goalie controversy on Wednesday, so there will be some who throw Price under the bus right now.

The truth is probably somewhere in between. The sky isn’t falling, but I wouldn’t exactly rush out to buy a Carey Price jersey either. Any goalie following up Jaroslav Halak’s playoff performance would have to feel the pressure. This being in hockey-obsessed (and netminder killing) Montreal makes it that much worse. Surely Price’s confidence would benefit from a solid preseason performance, whether these exhibitions are truly important or not, but his time is running out.

What do you think? Should the Habs be worried already? Does Price deserve 100 percent confidence? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Dingbat - Sep 26, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Carey Price is overated and the managment in Montreal won’t admit that they made a big mistake by offering him a special status over the last three years. Booooo Price!

  2. mark goulet - Sep 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    I did not like or have confidence in price last season and I certainly do not like the goalie outlook for the habs now.What were they thinking when they let Halack go?

  3. Alex - Sep 26, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Letting Halak go t St Louis was right … the contract he got from them in todays market was insane, and he was going to demand it (or more) from Montreal. But after Prices failings in the past year, to expect him to suddenly show that amazing potential was equally insane. They needed to trade for a goalie that can do a 1a/1b rotation (Niemi and his contract would’ve been perfect) and hope the two of them get the job done.
    The days of teh starting goalie being the rock you build on are over … I can name maybe 5 goalies in the league of that caliber and even then the results they have given their teams lately have not been positive (In terms of wins or playoff success, save % has been great usually…)
    FYI those 5 are Vokoun, Miller, Brodeur, Luongo and Lundqvist.

  4. Todd - Sep 27, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    The Habs, Hab not, because they paid the Price.

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