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Price Taking Over?

  • So at the beginning of the season many people said “Carey Price will be the #1 Goalie by Christmas.”

    Well here we are a week from Christmas and Carey Price is about to start his 7th straight game.

    Granted, Cristobal Huet was out with a groin injury but he has been deemed fit to play and Carbonneau elects still to start Carey Price tonight.

    Price’s record in those games is nothing miraculous but he did manage to string together two consecutive wins in the last two games.

    Is Carbonneau just going with the hot hand or does the Carey Price stock rise enough to nudge Cristobal Huet further over to the side?

    A lot depends on the game tonight. Another strong performance by Price and Carbonneau has some tough decisions to make.

28 Comments
  1. #1 HabsFan4life says:
    December 18, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    I think Carbo’s decision to play Price tonight was based on The teams performance in the last few games. Price will be taking over the #1 spot, I just don’t think it will right now. Another reason Price is starting tonight is because Carbo doesn’t want to rock the boat.

  2. #2 groundworking says:
    December 18, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    I agree with Habsfan. Price will eventually take over, but not yet. They still need a good goalie in the organization to keep the pressure of Price, and to prevent him from getting ruined, while still allowing the team to win, in the event that he hits some kind of slump. Clearly, though, we have the best young goalie in the World and the next superstar net-minder in the NHL; calm, steady, and in position…and only 20 years old no less in the NHL.

    I suspect that Huet could get traded, if that’s possible, at around the trade deadline or perhaps in the off-season. He’s an absolutely excellent goalie, but he deserves to be a starter and someone somewhere will give something good to get him.

  3. wow they are playing really bade this game.

  4. #4 habs2010 says:
    December 18, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    so, wh’s worse at clearing a puck, Price or Huet? Huet will be playing next game. Habs never beat Florida, and Florida is the only team that habs don’t have a winning record against, in all 100 years! Yes, habs look very bad tonight. guess last 2 wins were just to tease us.

  5. Who’s better. That is a stupid question by far. I won’t even answer it.

    Why do Montreal anyways have trouble with the crappy teams?

    Well Montreal did not show up for the first period. Hopefully they will for the last two.

    I don’t blame Price for the two 1st period goals. The 1st goal he had no chance on. The second he tried to clear the puck since the D-men could not and Florida got a shot on the empty net. It seemed like the Montrel player did not put much effort into stoping the puck. All he had to do was slide across and he would have stopped it. The shot was soft along the ice.

    Anyway Come on boys lets make it up next period.

  6. Wow never knew this, but the only organiztion the Habs have an all time losing record against is the Florida Panthers. Hmmmmmmm wonder how this happened. Oh well, I guess they’re just the Habs kryptonite, just like the Habs are to Boston.

  7. I see that the Huet lovers will be out in full force pretty soon..

    Yeah, like Huet would have stopped the first goal right. NOT.

    Well the Huet Lovers got thier wish. Price loss and Huet will be in net next game…………

    REMEMBER HUET LOVERS. IT WAS HUET WHO LET IN THE SOFT GOALS THAT COST THE HABS A PLAYOFF BIRTH LAST YEAR IN THE LAST GAME. SO MUCH FO THE #1 GOALIE………BOY HOW YOU FORGET…………..

    Huet has done nothing to impress ……………..

  8. blah blah blah
    GO HABS GO!!!!!!

  9. #9 habs2010 says:
    December 18, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    The score was not indicative of the play. Habs were horrible tonight. THEIR WORST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR! totally dominated by Florida. They made Florida look like Detroit. This team cannot win at home! SHAMEFUL PERFORMANCE! All the fans should ask for their money back, and hopefully not show up for home games. Don’t do it fans. Their not worth it!

  10. #10 marvel660466 says:
    December 19, 2007 at 2:06 am

    Carey Price gets way too much buzz fo what he’s done so far this season! I hope to god he’s the next Ken Dryden/ Patrick Roy. Montreal fans deserve it since the team went down hill after the ’93 cup. Huet is an awsome goalie and so is Price. However, Huet is more consistant and has stole games for mtl where price has not. Price’s 1 gaa games were because he had a team standing u in front of him. Huet has stolen enough games to deserve the #1 spot and his team has let himdown many times this season. Huet should have a few shut outs on the season. Te team always goes defensive in the third and they pay the price, sorry, Huet pays for it. Thats why Huet doesnt have any shut outs. Dont ge me wrong im not a Huet lover, I hope Price is the prodigy. however, im not niave, and Price lets in too many 1 on 1 goals which is unexceptable! Price is not taking over this season. He’s not ready. He hasnt proven himself at all! he’s only proven that he has the composure to play at this eve comfortably. And sometimes I think that hes just a little too composed in the net!

  11. Price does not bang his stick on the crossbar like Huet acting like some little boy in peewee.

  12. #12 habs phan says:
    December 19, 2007 at 2:45 am

    why so much talk about the goalie??? there is five men that play in front of him!!! share the blame, if you feel the need to blame anyone at all!!!!

  13. Nice finnish though,nice try,can’t win em all.Would of won with Latendrese in stead of Ryderless,rite Pactum?…lol

  14. Well the habs are on the road now so look for some wins.lol

  15. start huet next game.That was a bad clearing pass by price,cost us the game as far as i,m concerned.Huet Huet Huet.Go with ur #1 GOALIE.

  16. #16 habs2010 says:
    December 19, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    The bottom line is: This team is unable to play for 60 minutes, and they don’t show up for more than half their games. So how are they expected to win?
    I blame the coach. This has been an ongoing problem for 2 years. If the coach is unable to motivate his players, then he has to go!
    As far as Price is concerned, he has been over hyped. He is ok, but not great. He allows 1 soft goal every game, and needs more tutoring and experience if he is ever expected to be a great goalie. I find he is far too relaxed in nets. I would like to see more fire and emotion from this kid. He always has an excuse why the puck went in. He needs to start taking responsibility and blame for mistakes, and he needs to learn from his mistakes. So far he has not. That is a sign of experience. I just wish the media didn’t hype him up so much. He isn’t another Dryden, Roy, Brodeur, or even Loungo. I see him as a good goalie in time, but not great one.

  17. Would you be happier with Habashit,leave Price alone,same goes for Latendresse or Lapierre etc.You know the Flower wasn’t so shit hot his first year either,so back off.Or let’s trade Price for CUJO,lol…

  18. #18 patrick says:
    December 19, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Hey habs2010, Roberto Luongo’s first 3 years: 35 wins 71 losses, 2.82 GAA

    Price so far…9 wins 6 losses 2.72 GAA

    Yeah I know its retarded to imply that Price is going to be better then Luongo based on 17 starts, that’s the whole point! How can you say he won’t be as good as Luongo you freakin’ idiot! You fairweather habs fans make me puke, get off the kid’s back, get off of Koivu’s back, I’m so sick of so called fan’s on this site saying things like let’s boycott the home games, or let’s boo, or let’s chant Lecavalier, go get a Leafs jersey and be done with it, we’d be better off without you!!!!!!

  19. #19 habs2010 says:
    December 19, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    I would like to know 1 person who thinks the habs showed up for 2 and a half periods in last night’s game? Were you honestly happy with their performance? Have they played well at home? Do they have a winning record at home? hmmm…can’t hear you? All I’m saying, (and I know it’s been reiterated by alot of hab fans), is that Price appears too calm, and I would like to see some emotion and fire in him. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he appears as calm as someone smoking marijuanna or on tranquilizers. Do you know what I’m saying? His concentration is a bit off. He is allowing at least 1 soft goal every game, and that’s not good enough. Take away the 2nd goal, and we’re tied. nobody’s perfect, and he needs more tutoring and experience. I sincerely hope he will develop into a top goalie, but who knows? Playing in the NHL is not the same as the AHL or junior hockey, so the jury is out.

  20. #20 marvel660466 says:
    December 20, 2007 at 12:30 am

    no doubt! you frenchies are always riding Koivu because hes not a french captain! the guy is the heart of the team! and heres n o ne out there to potect him since they got rid of rivet and souray. Dont get me wrong, I love what we got coming up with our young guys! who cares if we miss the playoffs this year. Its soo much more rewarding knowing that the coming seasons will be wicked with our prospects.

    DTD – I watched that game and I felt Huets frustration when his team blew his shut out! wat game were ou watching. The canadiens organization have always had thei heads so far up their ass’s they cant take it when anyone gets frustrated and shows it or says anything condescending about the coaching/staff. Good for Huet!

    Trade ryder, perezhogen, higgins… get someone who can play with koivu and some prospects

  21. #21 habs2010 says:
    December 20, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Hey Marvel: are you on planet earth, or what? Perehzogin left after the end of last season and went back to Russia. And Huet hasen’t played in over 2 weeks. where’s your brain man? Obviously you haven’t been following the habs!

  22. The Huet soft, late in the 3rd period goals are true. Five times so far in this short season the game was lost or a point was lost and given to the opponent. Thats a difference….thats another 5 to 8 points that would be on their tally this season. Makes a difference at years end doesn’t it? Now I’m not pointing the gun directly at Huet here either…I like the guy…in all these situations he’s gotten no help either. Guy, the getting up by a goal and trying to defend it for half a game or more doesnt work ok…..when you collapse in your own zone and play that boring, stupid brand of hockey, theres one word to the wise….YOU GOTTA BE GOOD ENOUGH TO DEFEND IT..we’re not. The opposition has 80% of the possesion, they get us chasing in our zone, we take penalties, and they get the goal they need…then a team who has been playing nothing but defense for 30 mins gotta try to get back into offensive mode..doesn’t work…not in Montreal anyways where we have trouble scoring 5 on 5 at the best of times. Can’t anyone in the front office or behind the bench see this ??? Hows about playing a full 60 mins of 2-way hockey ? Try that as a “secret” weapon. Give the forwards on this team a green light for offensive freedom and inventivness…just like Detroit and Ottawa. Forwards should be able to go do their job and not have to constantly worry more about being back behind their own blue line..talk about ass-backwards. My point on all of this is that you can’t hang Huet….it’s not just him. He’s won some big games for us over the last season and a half also. I don’ think Price is that much better that him yet….he will be #1…just not right now. Having said that, I also don’t think Huet should be handed his #1 position back either…I think they should use them as Detroit uses Osgood and Hasek…keep both goalies sharp and on their toes….cuz benching Price every 3 games outta 4 isn;t gonna help the guys skills either.

    One more thing before I go….whats up with Brisebois on the PP ??? Anyone else find this too dumb to comprehend…the guy was basically run out of Montreal years ago….he;s the same player guys…there hasn’;t been that much improvement. How about trying this…Ryder is slumping bad….he can’t find the net or most times the space for a clean shot. He has a booming shot…try him on the point of the PP….get him more open, and get him whistling a few more shots at the goalies. Get the confidence back with a few goals that way…I’m really surprised they have’nt tried this yet…anyone else think this is worth a try for a guy with proven goal scoring abilities and a hard shot, who’s slumping right now ??

    Why can’t we score ??? Simple answer to that..one would be, not enough skill in the lineup which makes a trade emminent…but the other reason is what bothers me….almost any time you look on the ice, who do you see…LaPierre, Kostopolous, Chipchura, Begin, Dandy. These guys aren’t gonna score alot Guy…duh !!! They are role players, like every other teams has…so why aren’t we using em that way…kill penalties, and a handful of shifts each period…thats it !!! The Koivu line isn’t producing….maybe because they’re not getting enough ice time, having to share it with 3rd and 4th liners every game…gotta keep going with your most skilled players..slumping or not;;just take a look at the more properous teams in the league…” why can’t we score”? What a joke…don’t take a GM to see this.
    Anyways, sorry for my rantings..I am just one more frustrated Habs fan. GO HABS GO !!

  23. #23 MrBigTime says:
    December 20, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    WHAT DOES “HABS 2010″ MEAN ANYWAYS?

    To me it means, no were not great now, but we will be in a few years… we all hope for that.

    Building a team from scratch (starting with very little anyhow) takes time.

    Price will be excellent, and that is be cause of his attitude… you wanna see him cursing and getting pissed off, rather than “like a pothead”… his maturity is what makes him a standout goaltender, and his composure is somethign every NHL team would want in nets… losing your head as a goalie gets you no where… Habs2010: You do know quite a bit about being a Hab fan, but know very little about the game of hockey or specifically goaltending in this case. Huet is great when healthy, Price will be great, and is learning the hard way… can only make him want it more, he’s a fighter and a workhorse, World Juniors last year… he was the best player for his age in the world in that tournament… not an achievement that deserves this kind of bashing… 2007-08 will be another rough season, but we will hopefully squeak back inot the playoffs, thats all we can hope for and expect at this point in time… 1-2 years time will be a different story

    PS – I don’t think that Marvel guy will be posting much anymore, that was horrible.. lol

  24. Marvel.

    The Habs blew Huets’ lead ?????

    They scored 4 goals on him….. He did not come close to a shutout.

  25. #25 habs2010 says:
    December 20, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Mr. Big Time: I didn’t say Price wasn’t composed. all I said is that sometimes he seems too relaxed, almost like a zombie. Aren’t you ever so relaxed that your concentration isn’t totally on? He doesn’t need to get fire engine red, but alittle more emotional sometimes motivates players. You should be able to understand my reasoning. And yes, I do know alot about hockey, about 40 years worth. I’m not a dummy when it comes to Les Habitants.

  26. #26 MrBigTime says:
    December 21, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Fair enough~ But let Price develop, and he will… There is no mold for goalies to fall into as far as style, emotion, or attitude. Different things work for different goalies (look at hasek’s effective “flop” style, used by no one else, or Brodeur’s old school stand up style)

    Price will be our future, we hope for someone like Roy… but that is dreaming a bit~

    PS – I wish we still had goalies stackin the pads like Ranford used to.. was so much more fun to watch then the Giguere no move but hit my massive equipment style

  27. #27 marvel660466 says:
    December 21, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    Huet anothr solid game! caps doubled our shots… Huet won that game…
    and im not from quebec so mediaattention for the canadiens is very limited! I was wondring what append to ha guy… he aintmissed anywyz.

  28. I have to agree with marvel,huet won us the game.

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