With all the hubbub over the Montreal Canadiens’ new look up front and on defense, we still don’t know exactly what the Habs have between the pipes. We know what they think they have: a potential future Hall-of-Famer ready to ascend toward the top of the NHL goaltending charts. But so far, all the evidence points to Carey Price as nothing more than a much-hyped, reasonably talented, inconsistent puck-stopper who has yet to learn how to deal with the pressure of playing net for the Canadiens.
TSN.ca caught up with Price at a goaltending camp in Calgary, and Price addressed a couple topics, including his mocking of the Montreal crowd during last spring’s playoff series with the Boston Bruins. As far as handling what might be the most pressure-laden job in hockey, Price had this to say:
“I don’t think I’ve ever been put in a situation that I can’t handle. I’ve never backed down from a challenge and this year I’m not going to start.”
Glad to hear Price still talking with confidence. But until his actions match his words, I won’t be convinced that Price is the second coming.
Elsewhere in the division:
•The Canadiens filled out their staff for their AHL affiliate in Hamilton.
•Defenseman Teppo Numminen retired from the Buffalo Sabres, which leaves them with a hole on the back end.
•Ottawa forward Chris Neil is out to prove he’s worth $2 million per season for four years.