Carey Price Deserves Better Than the Montreal Canadiens

It is needless to say that Carey Price is on a team that simply does not capitalize on his abilities.

The Habs are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third straight year. And while the injuries and bad calls are valid excuses for their current losing streak, there are plenty of errors made by the team each and every night they play.

I have lost count of how many breakaways and 2-on-1’s the Habs have allowed this season, and Price is constantly under pressure to bail the team out. Not only this, but Price is to blame when he fails to win games on his own.

I am curious when the team is going to flip the script—I am curious when the team is going to bail Price out of a tough game for a change. I have been watching this team for years, and it is a rare sight to witness the Habs bail their goaltender out of a rough game.

Price’s frustration has always surfaced in subtle ways. It was no different after Saturday night’s game. He did not lash out at the refs or his teammates. He simply refused to comment on the game, and I do not blame him.

But good ol’ Stu Cowan (@StuCowan1) had this to say about Price after the game:

John (@TheEagleDares) responded to Stu with this comment:

Carey Price has no obligation to speak to the media—especially the Montreal media, which trashes their own franchise and players on a nightly basis.

I have never heard of a professional franchise that receives more criticism from its own fans/city than Montreal. This is one possible reason why it is so hard to acquire quality players. Who would want to play for a city that spews so much negativity?

I know I wouldn’t want to.

Price did not have a poor performance. He had a .919 save percentage Saturday night against Pittsburgh. That should have been enough to get the job done against a team without their captain.

But when the Habs give up a goal just forty-six seconds after they score (the very next shift), it is difficult to conclude that this is solely on Price.

This is not a new phenomenon. The Habs have fallen into giving up goals immediately after scoring for the past two seasons. (Granted, some of those goals were certainly on Price.)

The bottom line is that I am not sure Montreal is the right fit for Price. I hate to say it, but the city has not been good to him.

Price deserves a Cup—or at least a reasonable shot at winning one. And I just do not see either of those playing out with the current state of the team, city, and the city’s media.

I have thought about last season’s playoffs. There is no doubt in my mind that San Jose would have taken home the Cup had Price been in net.

It’s simple: Carey Price deserves better players and a better organization. He has been with the team for over a decade, and, as with any aging player, time is running out.

I am not necessarily demanding that he be traded (I do not want him to leave), but I am suggesting that something needs to change. Whatever Montreal is doing is not working, and it hasn’t been working for a long time.

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10 Responses to Carey Price Deserves Better Than the Montreal Canadiens

  1. Price is a overrated and paid player past is prime.The habs live on what they have achieved years ago.Lately you are not even an average team. I have been habs fan for ever but realize they are has beens now.Maybe in few years they may be a contender.

    Doug mills January 5, 2020 at 8:11 pm Reply
  2. Agree 100% on all points, and Stu Cowan is an idiot, sureiss Red Fisher

    Doug January 5, 2020 at 8:52 pm Reply
  3. your article is right on point…but also Price has not been the same since Kreider ran him in the playoffs. and Trading PK gave up the only puck moving dman they had….Montreal has been messed up defensively since Bergevin got the GM position as he tried to mold the defense after the style he played but forgot he was only a journeyman not a star….we still do not have the #1 LD we have needed for over 5 years nor the breakout forward… we have a bunch of good players but no mega stars….time is showing that Bergy is not the man to get the job done

    Bay Bye January 5, 2020 at 9:35 pm Reply
  4. Let Carey Price go to a contender. The Habs aren’t even close. Were taking 2025 or 2027 before they even make it into the playoffs with any chance of success.

    Trade him, he deserves so much better

    JR January 6, 2020 at 9:23 am Reply
  5. What a load of bull. Price is the reason the habs havent competed or won for ten years. When are people going to pull their heads out of their asses to see this. Defense is good, offence is number one in shots in the league, Price cant stop a beachball on most nights. On other nights he looks disinterested. Get rid of him, and save the team from more mediocraty.

    Guy January 6, 2020 at 10:28 pm Reply
    • you must be watching another team, oh wait, your name is guy…lol.

      Tom Chambers January 7, 2020 at 3:33 pm Reply
    • If you think price is the reason for mediocrity, you have no odea what you are talking about, Danault would be third line centre on a good team, Tatar same, he was a cast off from Vegas, Gallagher would second line wing maybe third on a good team, rest are third and fourth liners, weber is the best D man but is slowing down Chariot was a third pairing in Winnipeg, Petre is second line pairing, rest would have a hard time getting in the line up on good teams, Price made this team look better than they are and carried them on his back for a decade, and when Price does start to show some cracks, and is slowing down it’s all his fault? You truely are blind.

      Doug January 7, 2020 at 5:11 pm Reply
  6. Truely LOL

    Anthony McLean January 10, 2020 at 2:50 pm Reply
  7. Price is a flake, a loser, a choker.

    Anthony McLean January 10, 2020 at 2:51 pm Reply
  8. Yea I have heard it before. Carey Price and his contract is a problem. It’s always gonna be the team in front of him not being good enough. The team was pretty good in 2016-17 but Price choked against the Rangers. He will never be Patrick Roy, especially the 93 Roy when you know he wasn’t gonna let the team down, unlike Price who will let the other team get the lead on a soft goal he probaly should of saved. Overrated, overpaid, I have had enough of watching him. Montreal should of kept Halak because he really outplayed Price. To the person who says it’s Kreider’s injury, then why did Price have a MVP season the following year then ? It’s not just that. They should move on from Price and rebuild. Price will always hold the team back. Sure he might of got lucky in the 14 playoffs with Bishop being out in the Tampa series. Boston series went 7, typical MTL/BOS series. Then he gets hurt in the NYR series and they probaly would of still lost if Price didn’t get hurt, just like Price lost against the NYR in 2017 when the team should of won that series.

    me January 28, 2020 at 9:18 pm Reply

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Carey Price Deserves Better Than the Montreal Canadiens

It is needless to say that Carey Price is on a team that simply does not capitalize on his abilities. The Habs are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third straight year. And while the injuries and bad calls are valid excuses for their current losing streak, there are plenty of errors […]

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