Monday, September 27, 2010

If I had a loonie for every time I heard, "The Price is Wrong"...

...You'd better believe I'd keep them all in my Scotiabank Stanley Cup Savings Tin!

Anyway, this isn't a post defending the abilities of Carey Price. Like everyone else on the face of L'amerique du Nord, I do not feel that Montreal made the right decision in trading Halak to the St. Louis Blues, nor do I feel like Price will redeem himself with a breakout season this year. All I'm saying is that this guy deserves the chance to do so. He has the potential to prove me wrong, but apparently no one else, according to Toronto Sun writer Eric Francis:

Two games into the pre-season and it’s clear there’s no possible way for Carey Price to succeed in Montreal.

And in the year 20xx, Carey Price has established himself as the go-to guy in Montreal, most notably highlighted by his 56-win, 15-shutout performance over sixty games this season. Alas, amid his breakout and Vezina/Jennings nominations, he will receive no merit. Carey Price is a failure in the NHL, and once again the Vezina/Jennings trophies will be split by the Detroit goaltending tandem of Howard/Liv.

Given the way the relationship between Price and the fans has deteriorated over the last two years, it’s to the point there’s nothing he could possibly do to appease fans who are hell-bent on reminding management they traded the wrong goalie.

Price was the guy that every girl wanted. He would show up on your doorstep with a bouquet of tudaisies and gracefully carry you to his SABRES!-drawn carriage. From there, he led you into his thoughts with sweet words and darling recollections of the past, always making sure to remind you that "I've always been here, and I always will be". It was at that point, when everyone nestled into the comfort of who was "The One", a strange figure arose from the pricker-bushes outside your door. At first, you thought nothing of it. This other guy doesn't speak much English, he drives a '98 Ford Taurus and generally seems leagues (as well as two years and 263 draft picks) behind your hero, Carey. Yet, as lovely as things seemed with him between the pipes (and for you risqué readers, between your pipes), this other guy kept showing up... and as time moved along, you began to notice him more and more. Sure enough, Carey took offense to your meandering, and it reflected in his actions. He defended your pipes with less honor and confidence. He took offense to accusations that he just didn't care about you anymore, but his efforts to redeem himself just were not strong enough. Before long, this other man stole the heart of every lady (and gentleman) throughout La Belle Provence. His style and improved English left Carey on the sidelines, wondering what went wrong. However, just as he had settled into the role of the torn soul he had become, a ray of hope shined down upon him. As quickly as the man they called Jaro stole the love of everyone in sight, he vanished into thin air. Just like that, Carey has now been left with the greatest of opportunities to redeem himself. He has the chance to win back the hearts of the many that had fallen for him in years past. Not only is he willing, but he is confident. He is going to make this happen.

In parts of two horrific preseason outings he’s allowed 10 goals, prompting Canadiens fans to boo unmercifully.

NO LOVE FOR YOU! You had your chance, and much like you did with Niklas Kronwall, Y__ Bl_w _t! Wanna buy a vowel?

(The previous excerpt was taken from the best-selling novel, Carey me Home: The Price of Love.)

Now that I got all that mushiness out in the open, let's be droll and unflattering for a moment. Price allowed four goals in his first game against Boston, and all six against Ottawa in his next start. From a black and white and re(a)d all over perspective, that constitutes as ugly play. There were definitely a few goals he should have stopped. However, perhaps this is also a testament to the lack of skill on Montreal's backend. In their game against Ottawa, Jaro Spacek burned all of about fifty calories that evening, with his most effort coming from trying to reach the pack of Cheez-It crackers that were stuck in the vending machine. He was directly responsible for at least one, probably two goals. Josh Gorges did keep an open-net shot from going in, but he was also responsible for giving Sens rookie Bobby Butler a penalty shot that would lead to their fourth goal. This was the same story in Montreal's game against Boston. While Carey could have stopped many of these goals, it was the lack of effort and support from his defendres that left him in tough situations and on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

If the organization is going to move forward and build on the momentum of their unlikely playoff run Price needs to be moved by Habs GM Pierre Gauthier immediately.

Definitely, just let Alex Auld carry the load. FINALS! Do they seriously pay this guy to write for the Sun? I'm done.

Too much damage has already been done and the controversy surrounding Price threatens to become the sort of distraction organizations can do without.

This just in: Carey Price stopped 19 of 21 shots in a 6-2 exhibition victory over the Florida Panthers. Everyone's boners grew back and Montreal was set on fire shortly after the match. Peace and harmony, restored.

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