“Carey Price Syndrome”



Based on last night’s results against the Jets, a lot of fans are furious at Dustin Tokarski. He didn’t perform well, that is not up for debate. However, throughout this season people have been saying absolutely terrible things about the young back up, who on most nights, plays exactly as he should – like an NHL back up. Before last night’s game against Winnipeg, Tokarski had, for the most part maintained a save percentage in the .912-.917 range. When compared to the average save percentage of .917 throughout the rest of the NHL, you realize what Tokarski brings to the table. ¬†He is an average NHL back up.

What fans need to understand is that Tokarski is not Carey Price. Habs fans have been spoiled rotten by Price’s Hart Trophy calibre play all season, and automatically expect Tokarski to perform at the same level every night. First of all, no goalie in the league can match Price’s play at the moment, let alone a 25-year old rookie whose only experience lies in backing up the best in the world once every 6 or 7 starts, if that. Not to mention his stellar performance taking over during last year’s playoffs against the New York Rangers. Montreal’s defensive play has been steadily improving over the last few games, but, the performances that Price gives on a nightly basis cannot be expected by Tokarski. What bothers me is that some fans call for Budaj without even knowing¬†where he is right now. At this time, Budaj is winless at 0-8-4 with a 3.47 goals against average, and a .894 save percentage for Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate in St John’s. Budaj is gone, it’s time to move on. He is still learning, you must give him time, and let him develop as 99 percent of goaltenders do, slowly. Stephane Waite will work with him, and prepare him for the NHL style of play and fix the issues that every goalie struggles with. He also observes Price himself every night, that’s a huge learning opportunity in itself.



As for the people who flood Tokarski’s twitter with rude, despicable, and hurtful tweets everytime he doesn’t play like a Vezina finalist? Get a life, the kid has enough to be concerned about without the internet warriors that think they know what they are talking about and have nothing better to do with their time. The same people who say these things about Tokarski, most likely said the same things about Price in 2009, and 2010. As a person who felt that way about Price those years ago, you need to relax. Goalies take far longer to develop and usually struggle out of the gate. When you watch him play, you have got to understand what he is going through and that this is his first full season in the league. It’s not easy to be an NHL goalie, that becomes even more true in Montreal, the market with enough pressure to really get to you. Leave the guy alone, and let him do his job. This is not a cause of concern, every goalie has a bad night, even Price. Barring injury, Tokarski will not be playing in the playoffs, so just enjoy the rest of the season, and look forward to the cup run. The tilt with the Jets was not even a “must win” for Montreal anyway.

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2 Responses to “Carey Price Syndrome”

  1. Seriously, not everyone can be a super star! Dustin Tokarski is absolutely solid and deserves to be where he is. Everyone has a bad day now and then so get over it Tokarski haters!

    Montana March 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm Reply
  2. Agreed! Dustin was out of it… and when I say out of it I mean he was OUT… OF…IT… but, you bring up a great point! The Price syndrome is real and I have a bad case of it! Thanks for pulling back and keeping our addiction in check! Good read!

    Seb March 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm Reply

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