Archive for the ‘Carey Price’ Tag
Pierre Gauthier: “Monsieur Gorges needs knee surgery, he will be out for the season.”
And finally, on a different note, I haven’t had time to say it here, but I wish you all a fabulous year, with lots of fun (which might not be hockey related), success and happiness (which will probably not be hockey related…)!
Halak gets traded after his great playoffs –> Some fans are upset –> The media spend their summer asking how the fans will react if Price has a bad game –> Price struggles during the first half of the first preseason game –> Some morons overreact by booing/mocking him –> The media overreact about the fans overreaction and treat this as a major news story
To be honest, I’m not blaming the media alone on this one, but yeah, it’s just annoying to see every single insignificant event overblown when it comes to the habs. Some morons booed Price. Big deal. It’s stupid, and yes, it’s way premature to react negatively after the first half of a freaking preseason game. But please, did it really deserve all that attention? Wouldn’t it be better for the players to be able to focus on what really matters (preparing the upcoming season) rather than having to defend their goalie? I know it’s how things are in Montreal, and I’m a bit hypocritical because as a fan living far away from my favorite team, I certainly enjoy the fact that there are lots of media covering it and many sources of info about the habs. But I wish we could do without some of the drama.
(and a last word about the picture here: This is an obviously modified a cartoon from Daryl Cagle that I originally found there, just in case anyone is interested.)
(If you need a translation, well google translate can provide you with an hilariously approximate one)
Juste un petit message en français, pour râler une fois de plus à propos de ce que je lis dans certains médias montréalais à propos des Canadiens. Ce n’est malheureusement pas la première fois que je suis énervé par ce qu’il écrit, mais Richard Labbé a encore frappé.
C’est à propos de Price. Dans son article, Labbé nous rappelle encore une fois qu’à Montréal “on ne s’est pas encore tout à fait remis du départ du sympathique gardien slovaque. On ne s’en remettra peut-être jamais.” (Au passage, je suis un fan de Jaro, mais si Montréal ne se relève jamais de cet échange, il y a quand même un problème..) Puis, et c’est ce qui m’énerve vraiment, vient l’inévitable passage complètement hypocrite:
Bien sûr, Halak va avoir du mal à faire mal paraître le Canadien cette saison. Les Blues de St. Louis n’ont pas été une puissance depuis l’époque du grunge, et Pierre Gauthier savait très bien ce qu’il faisait en expédiant le héros des séries dans ce coin perdu.
Mais imaginez un peu s’il fallait que le Canadien s’écrase avec Price… et s’il fallait que les Blues prennent part aux séries grâce à l’autre. On a déjà mis le feu aux boutiques du centre-ville pour moins que ça…
Je ne peux pas croire que Pierre Gauthier pourrait survivre à pareil scénario. Surtout pas avec Geoff Molson, qui regarde pas loin derrière.
On commence par faire semblant de croire que les Blues sont une équipe horrible. Puis ça nous permet de laisser entendre que donc, leur succès éventuel l’an prochain sera nécessairement dû à Halak. Et on enchaine en faisant semblant de s’inquiéter de la réaction des médias à Montréal si par malheur, le Canadien trébuchait pendant que Saint Louis faisait les séries. SÛREMENT, ça entrainerait le départ de Gauthier!
Labbé sait très bien que les Blues sont une équipe jeune et prometteuse. Ils ont beaucoup de très bons jeunes joueurs, et ce ne serait franchement pas une grosse surprise de les voir en séries l’an prochain. Juste un petit rappel: les Blues ont fini la saison dernière avec plus de points que Montréal. Écrire que Gauthier ne pourrait être maintenu si les Blues ont une meilleure saison que Montréal en 2011, c’est juste préparer ses propres armes pour polémiquer l’an prochain.
Enfin je vous épargne mes commentaires sur la fin de son article, où Labbé nous rabâche une fois de plus que les Canadiens seraient meilleurs aujourd’hui s’ils avaient repêché Kopitar plutôt que Price en 2005. Merci Richard, on n’avait jamais entendu ça! J’ai un autre scoop: apparemment les Canadiens ont repêché Kostitsyn au lieu de Getzlaf , Carter ou Parise en 2003. Peut-être que tu pourrais écrire la dessus, je crois que personne n’en a jamais parlé.
Ok désolé pour ça, j’avais juste envie de réagir, ce genre d’articles paresseux m’exaspère.
Hey! STOP THE PRESSES!
Here’s the latest SHOCKING story on Carey Price:
Click to see the TSN video clip!
He broke a stick during practice.
And apparently, TSN believes that’s newsworthy.
Watch out Carey!
Ugh, I just wrote an entire post, and firefox crashed at the moment I hit the publish button. Xdjhvâzbfrikzqxsdjkfsdtakerp!
Anyway, here is what I recall I just wrote.
Poor Habs. This is getting a little sad. Another game, another disappointment. They started awfully yesterday. Then there was the Price/Janssen incident. I loved it. For the record, I think it’s ok to bump into a goalie when he’s far away from his net (of course, I’m saying “bump”, I’m not saying “absolutely destroy him along the boards”). But then I also think it’s fair for the player doing this to expect to be jumped by half the goalie’s teammates. I don’t think what Janssen did was that terrible. He was coming fast to play the puck, and I don’t think he really could avoid Price. Price also had to know what was coming. But I loved Carey’s reaction anyway. His “he’s mine!” attitude when he dropped his gloves and tried to pull Hamrlik to get a piece of Janssen was memorable. Too bad the refs didn’t let Conklin go down the ice to get into this!
Unfortunately, this is probably the only thing we’ll remember about that game.
There aren’t many positives right now. Pouliot keeps on scoring. His line with Gio and Gomez is really working. Gomez isn’t worth all the money he’s paid, as we always knew, but he’s doing an ok job I think. And Cammalleri is having a nice little season. Other than that…
Sure, it’s nice that they got a point out of this, but this kind of effort probably won’t be enough to make the playoffs. It’s going to take a great finish to end in the 8 first spots. The habs are still a .500 team, with exactly 51 points in 51 games. They probably need around 40 more points in their last 31 games to make it. I’m not sure they have it in them.
It’s frustrating, because once more, it looks like a lost season. Not good enough to make the playoffs (or to have a serious chance, if they make it), but not bad enough to end up with a good draft pick. That’s the curse of mediocre teams. This is why the Panthers never really improve. They’re always stuck between the 8th and 12th spots. And it means you’re also stuck at the trade deadline. The habs can’t really be buyers (or at least I don’t think they should) because it’s not worth it. But they can’t really be sellers either. That would be officially giving up on the season, which is something Gainey probably can’t afford to do in the last year of his contract as a GM.
I know it’s too soon to throw the towel, because 31 games is still a lot. Maybe the habs will surprise everyone and prove me wrong. I hope they do.
But well, if they don’t, I guess we still have our fun Bulldogs to watch!
(I’ll be honest here, this photoshop idea directly comes from the avatar of weazel-1, a poster at the official blackhawks discussion board. I stumbled upon it looking for a pic of Huet, and I couldn’t resist redoing it)
I love this picture so much I could just end the post here. But I won’t. As I said, I got the idea while looking for a Huet picture. And I wanted a picture of Cristobal, because I wanted to aknowledge he seems to be playing much better these days. He only allowed 3 goals in his last 3 starts, getting a shutout in the meantime. Yeah, those games were against the Preds (2 times) and the Wild, who are not scoring a lot this season, but still. People were quick to bash him when he struggled earlier in the season, but no one seems to be giving him credit for his improved play.
Anyway, I admit I’m a little biased when it comes to Huuuet, so you just know I’ll defend him…
I love this mask
Now speaking of goalies, it’s time for me to write a little bit about Price and Halak.
Price will get his first start tonight in almost two weeks. As you all know, Halak started the last 5 games. He was relieved by Carey during the last game in Pittsburgh, so it’s not really surprising to see Martin giving Price the start tonight. Of course, there has been a lot of discussion over the goalie situation over the last few days. What I’m about to say probably isn’t groundbreaking, but if you’re reading this, maybe you’re actually interested in my 2 cents.
I think the current Price/Halak tandem is not sustainable in the long run. I know it’s good for a team to have two young and talented goalies, so the habs are not in a terrible situation here. And I also think it’s good to give Price a little bit of competition, and to show Halak that he’ll get his chance. But in the long run, the Habs know they’ll have to make a choice. It pains me to say so, because I am a big fan of both of our goalies, and I’ll be sad when one leaves (it’s not a if, it’s a when. It may not be before next season, or even the one after, but one will eventually leave). The situation is a little complicated for the habs and their goalies because Price and Jaro clearly never had the same status in the organization. Price, selected 5th overall, has always been projected as the future of the franchise. Halak, on the other hand, was picked 271st. He climbed his way to a backup job, but until recently, I never had the impression the habs seriously considered him for anything else than that.
Then,the question is: should we start questioning Price’s future status as a franchise goalie, and give more of a chance to Halak? This is not an easy question. If you still believe that Price should be considered as the future of the franchise, you want to be very careful. Sure you can give him a little competition, but you have to make sure he still understands that the team is not giving up on him. And of course, this means that you will continue to be a little unfair with Jaro, who will get less starts than he deserves.
If, on the other hand, you think Jaro and Price should be given an equal chance to earn the starting role, then it’s a little tricky too. You need to give more starts to Halak. But in doing so, it’s hard not to think you’re going to mess with Price. One of the issues with Price seems to be mental. He’s very young, and he’s slowly learning what it takes to be a #1 goalie. Price had success at all the levels he played before he made it to the nhl. So it’s probably the first time he has to cope with real performance and confidence issues. And he has to do that while being under the intense scrutiny of the media and the fans in Montreal. It’s obviously going to take a few years for him to learn how to deal with that. And have you heard of a goalie hitting his prime at 22? Of course not. What I’m trying to say is that giving Price the impression you’re not so sure anymore he’s the future of the franchise is probably not going to help him. At the same time, you don’t want to give him the impression he’s already earned everything…
As for Halak, he obviously is not facing the same pressure. If he becomes a bona fide #1 goalie, he will have beaten the odds and exceeded all the expectations. If he doesn’t, he might still get a chance somewhere else in the nhl. The issue with him is that it’s difficult to assess what he’ll be in five to ten years. It’s a little risky too to keep trusting Price no matter what, at the risk of frustrating Jaro and eventually losing him, only to see him outperforming Carey in the long run.
Now, I think the situation is not problematic in the short run. The habs have two goalies capable of winning games. The challenge for the team is to manage to handle the situation smartly. It’s crucial for Gainey and the coaching staff to turn this into a learning experience for both goalies, and a situation of healthy competition and emulation. It may not be possible in the long run (it could be in one year or more), and at least one of the goalies is likely to feel increasingly frustrated. But hopefully, by then, the habs will have made their choice.
Wow, I’m sorry, that was way too long… I’m not sure I’ve really helped to clarify the goalie situation… Now if your brain is not hurting too much, tell me, what do you think of all this? :)
Carey Price just unveiled his new mask. Habs inside/out posted pictures of it yesterday, so some of you have probably already seen it. But just to make sure, here it is:
A death figure riding a habs chopper on human skulls, with lightning bolts in the background and aces of spades falling from a red menacing sky. Jesus!
How can such a disaster have happened? Let’s see…
Carey: Ok, I’ve had enough, people are always making fun of me because I have Garth Brooks and a dude riding a horse on my mask! I want a new design.
Mask Designer: Alright! What kind of design would you like?
C: Uh… I don’t really know….
MD: well usually, goalies like to put something personal on their mask. Something that reflect their passions or things that mean a lot to them.
C: well, yeah… sure, but that’s what you told me last time, and I ended up with Garth Brooks and a cowboy doing rodeo, and now everyone is teasing me about the far west in the dressing room. They’re calling me Calamity Jane.
MD: Uh… yeah, that sucks. Ok, well I think we should try something else then. What message do you want to send whith your mask?
C: I don’t know. Could it be… menacing and really badass?
C: Yeah, something that says “Carey Price is not a girl, he’s a crazy motherf*cker, and you don’t want to mess with him” But you know, in a subtle way.
MD: That’s perfect! Now tell me what really scares you, and what haunts you in your nightmares, I’m sure we can use that!
C: Uh… Black fingernails. People who wear toupees. And little dogs with clothes. Oh god, I can’t cope with those!
… *Crickets chirp* …
MD: … Alriiight. Well, you know, uh, I’m not sure this would really work. Uh … I mean black fingernails and a little dog wearing clothes and a toupee may actually be too frightening. You know, you have to think about your young fans here. Surely you don’t want to look too intimidating, with all those little menacing puppies on your mask. You know, because of children. Uh… let’s try something else. You know what? I have a great idea. How about a grim reaper?! With lightning bolts!
C: Hmmm, yeah. Can we make it a little more menacing? But in a subtle way.
MD: Yeah, I guess we could add skulls somewhere.
C: I like that. Oh, and how about a chopper?! Sergei Kostitsyn told me it was totally badass once. He said it’s way better than horses.
MD: Yeah, sure… why not? Anything else you would like? I don’t know, something unique?
C: Aces of spades!
C: Aces of spades. That’s a shoutout to my gambling friends. They’ll love it.
MD: M’kay… So that’s it: a death figure riding a habs chopper on human skulls, with lightning bolts in the background and aces of spades falling from a red menacing sky.
C: Sounds good. It’s menacing, and subtle. I can’t wait to see it!
In other news, the habs will finally play their home opener tonight! Who’ll be their guest? Let’s ask you-know-who.
It feels like the habs haven’t played for three weeks. Let’s just hope they don’t feel the same… I’m not really concerned by the habs record so far. I was expecting a slow start, with all the new guys in the team, and the injuries did not help at all. So we’re still in that adjustment phase.
We’ll see Shawn Belle in the habs uniform for the first time tonight. Some people seem to be disappointed for Matthieu Carle. Well, if he plays well in Hamilton, he should get his chance at some point this season. It’s nice for Shawn Belle that his first game with the habs is the home opener. The atmosphere will probably be electric. Shawn has had a rough path to the nhl. He was drafted in the first round by the Blues in 2003, traded to the Stars in 2004 (he never played in Dallas though), traded again to Minnesota in 2006. He played only 9 games with the Wild. He was then traded to Montreal for Corey Locke (another guy who hasn’t been very lucky: remember when he couldn’t play his first nhl game because his equipment didn’t make it to the Madison Square Garden when he was called up? He only played 6 minutes in the nhl since then…) in 2008. Belle knows that Bergeron will soon be called up, so he hasn’t much time to make a good impression. Let’s hope he can do that tonight.
Go habs go, and hurray for habs customized chopper riding grim reapers!