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Former Habs goalie coach: Carey Price is ‘deteriorating’

Jun 11, 2013, 9:06 AM EDT

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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price got off to a great start this year, but he struggled as the season went on. Overall, he failed to live up to expectations with his 2.59 GAA and .905 save percentage in 39 games.

That’s disappointing for Montreal, but former Canadiens goaltending coach Roland Melanson thinks it’s actually part of a much bigger problem.

“Carey hasn’t stopped deteriorating since I left. He’s all over the place now,” said Melanson told NHL.com. “At some point, there has to be some accountability in the school yard. The position requires a lot of work and Carey hasn’t been consistent. He let things slide in practice and it caught up to him during games.”

Melanson left in 2009 and Price initially did fantastically without him. The Canadiens netminder posted a 2.35 GAA and .923 save percentage in 72 games in 2010-11 after being inconsistent in his previous three seasons. Price was also solid in 2011-12, although his numbers did decline.

Melanson has since become the Vancouver Canucks’ goaltending coach while his replacement in Montreal, Pierre Groulx, was recently fired. Melanson seems to approve of Montreal’s decision.

“He wanted to be his friend. A goalie doesn’t want you to be his friend — he wants results. You’re not there to be his friend.”

It’s worth adding that Melanson also said Groulx was doing an “outstanding job” with Price just four months ago, according to the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs.

Price will celebrate his 26th birthday in August as he gets ready to enter the second season of his six-year, $39 million deal in 2013-14.

  1. papajack1259 - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Seems like Melanson has a resentment…Montreal? Price?

  2. packerswin96 - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Really Rollie?

  3. pastabelly - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Why does he come out and say stuff like that? It’s pretty unprofessional.

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    • imas4u - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Because it is the truth, Carey Price has roofed, has reached his limit and will never be better than he was this year, not in Montreal anyway !

      • shmillemse - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Price has in no way reached his limit he is only 26 he has yet to reach his prime goalies go through good a good season here and a bad season there its the most difficult position to play and develop

      • drone501 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        sort of like fleury is guess.

  4. valoisvipers - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Why bash Rollie the Goalie for speaking the truth?

  5. vipod4ever - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Two promising goalies at the 2007 World Junior Championships. One wins the MVP /Gold Medal and heads in nets immediatelu for an NHL team. The other gets sent to the minors, plays behind a very unorthodox vet, final gets his chance and blows it. Watches while the vet wins the Cup. Price and Rask are perfect examples of the needed maturing process needed before becoming a well rounded netminder in the NHL. Rask is now in position to have the best career of the two.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Never a good idea to bash former students. Even if it’s the truth it will be hard to pick up new clients when you go around trashing former students.

  7. jnmanousos - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I think it’s ridiculous to have an NHL goalie coach talk in this matter about a player or team.Montreal should count their lucky stars having a patient goalie like Price endure all this garbage criticism .He has proven 11-12 and 90% of 2013 that he is an outstanding goalie in a weak team. So outstanding that his performance allowed Montreal to finish 2nd in the league. He is a young goalie that has veteran time in the NHL but he’s not by any measure at his peak. If people don’t recognize the pressure that comes with playing in goal for the Habs and quit with these proposturous comments Montreal will not see a goalie with this skill for a very long time .Leave this kid alone he’s one of the best technical goalies in the world!

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