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Therrien ‘surprised and disappointed’ Price wasn’t Vezina finalist

Apr 25, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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On Friday, the NHL announced that Ben Bishop, Tuukka Rask and Semyon Varlamov were the three finalists for this year’s Vezina Trophy.

Shortly after, Habs head coach Michel Therrien set about discussing who didn’t make the cut — his goalie, Carey Price.

“I’m surprised and disappointed for Carey,” Therrien said, per TSN. “In my opinion he should’ve been there.”

Price finished the year with a 34-20-5 record, .927 save percentage, 2.32 GAA and six shutouts, second-most in the NHL. Great numbers, which makes it seem like Price’s exclusion was more about what the finalists did rather than what he didn’t. Bishop and Varlamov could’ve warranted MVP consideration given how crucial they were to their teams’ success this season, and Rask was the only goalie in the league to finish top-five in all the major statistical categories.

That said, one does have to wonder when Price will break through. He’s never finished higher than fifth in Vezina voting — that happened in 2010, when he led the NHL with 38 wins — and he’s now lumped in with an up-and-coming class of relatively young goalies that are all first-time nominees: Rask and Bishop are the oldest of the group, having both turned 27 this season, while Price is 26 and Varlamov is 25.

Don’t forget that last year’s Vezina winner, Sergei Bobrovsky, is only 25 as well.


  1. micasa81 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Great season for Price, but which of those 3 guys is he supposed to bump off the list? Anyway, I’m sure Price would prefer out-dueling Rask in a playoff series (which I’m not saying I predict) to being included on the Vezina list.

  2. skr213 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    He’s a fantastic goalie, but I think Hab fans (and people within the org) tend to really over-emphasize his abilities. Not knocking him at all, but he still hasn’t reached that elite level.

    • pfhockey - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Wha? How often have you watched him play?

  3. bucrightoff - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    The Atlantic Division has some pretty damn good goalies (Rask, Bishop, Price), and they’re all young too.

    • miketoasty - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      The Metro has some pretty great goalies too! What about Fleu…. no, uhh well how about Maso… Yea, well there’s always the great playoff goalie Lunqv…. Okay, never mind.

      Got to give it to the Atlantic teams, not only do they have great starting goalies but some decent depth there as well.

  4. maalea - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I am shocked, shocked I tell ya. A coach is standing up for his player. Shocked. Alert the media!!!!!

  5. montrealbbr - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    He’s the best goalie in the East if you ask me. I think if you put Rask in a different system where they dont have everyone playing defence you would see an average goalie. That is ok though because we only care about one thing here and it isnt the Vezina.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Is it getting knocked out of the playoffs again? Not winning the Stanley Cup? Come on, 10 years is a long time

      • montrealbbr - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Hard to get knocked out when you have already swept and are just waiting for these scrub teams to finish each other off so you can move on.

    • cloudniner9 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      You need to come back down to earth if you think the Habs are going to win the cup this year or in the near future. They beat a weak team that was not ready for the playoffs and you start planning the parade route. Boston or Detroit will destroy them without much care, until they build their core depth like SJ, Boston, and Chicago they will only be a second rate team. Don’t count on Weise to carry the team in the next round.

      • holymakinaw - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        and this is a post from some guy on cloud 9……

    • amityvillefun - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Of course you wouldn’t think that.

      Rask > Price

      End of discussion. Homer.

    • statleronpolitics - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Rask has been consistently better than Price, this year and last and over his career – last year Boston gave up 2 more shots a game than the Habs… the Habs gave up the 5th fewest shots a game, played a more defensive style and finished ahead of Boston in the standings.

      Last year’s stats
      Rask 2.00 and .929
      Price 2.59 and .905

      Rask has been the starter for Boston the last two years, but if you recall he had to step in for Thomas in 09/10, playing 45 games… Boston gave up 30 shots a game that year, his numbers – 1.97 and .931… the year Thomas won the Vezina, they gave up almost 33 shots a game. Since they’ve both been in the league, Montreal has played a much more defensive style, other than this year…. Imagine what Rask could have done with that Montreal defense last year.

  6. dubblelznhell - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    This will fire up Price and he’ll show ’em all when he’s holding the cup over his head

  7. matt14gg - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    This is where I tend to part ways with my Bruins compatriots. I despise the Canadiens…always have and always will, but I am the president of the Boston chapter of the Carey Price fan club. He’s a great goalie and over the years if he had a decent team in front of him I believe he’d be in the Vezina conversation every year. I don’t think he’s better than Tuukka, but he’s still great and to paraphrase the great Bob Gainey, ‘…when I think of what a goalie is supposed to look like, it’s Carey Price…’.

    As a side note I loved when he and Tim Thomas squared off. He got the best of Timmy, but wouldn’t hit him when he was vulnerable, for one because he plays the right way, but also a pretty well kept secret is that he and Timmy are very close friends.

  8. apollo1989 - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    He was only voted the best goalie at the olympics and won a gold medal.

  9. miketoasty - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Just like Bylsma pushing for Maata for the Calder and Crosby for the Hart. It doesn’t always mean they belong there but it is the coach’s job to pump them up.

    None story here, any coach would do that for any of his players doing well, but I will say that shows Therrien has a lot of confidence in his goalie and should push Price’s game even further than it is now. Great move by the coach.

  10. mgp1219 - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Someone PLEASE save these posts from all the delusional montreal fans in here that actually think they have even a remote chance at winning the cup this year, because, once they are eliminated, then these dreamers can eat their words.

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