The Price Is Wrong: Carey Price Is Not the No. 1 Guy in Montreal

Steve McSweenSenior Analyst IMarch 19, 2009

For the most part, when you are a sports writer and more importantly a fan, you want to be right all the time.

In this case, however, I wish I wasn't.

Back in July, I wrote an article stating that the Montreal Canadiens shouldn't have gotten rid of Cristobal Huet and put the pressures of the 100th season Stanley Cup expectations on a 21-year-old, unproven goalie.

I said, he would fizzle like good young tenders of the past.

Does anyone remember Jim Carey?

It is hard to point the finger solely at Price, the Canadiens have been cursed it seems, with injuries, scandals, and Kovalev drama, along with the firing of a coach.

That being said, Carey Price's play hasn't help the matter any.

Price has looked lethargic at times this season.

Yes, his record isn't horrible, he is 20-14-8, with a 2.76 GAA and a save percentage over .900, well that was until he let in four goals on 15 shots vs. the "mighty" Ottawa Senators tonight.

The fact is, watching Price play most nights is as disappointing as watching Kirsty Alley on a re-run of Cheers. Then watching an episode of Fat Actress. You just keep thinking, "how did she let herself go so badly?"

There should be no question that Jaroslav Halak is the No. 1 guy down the stretch.

He proved that again after relieving Price against the Sens and only giving up one goal on 24 shots.

Maybe their is still hope for the young goalie to regain the form that made Canadiens' fans believe a Stanley Cup was to come this decade.

Hopefully he won't go down the path Andrew Raycroft and numerous other young goalies did, shining in their rookie seasons, only to lose their confidence and become only a shell of their former selves.

I'm pulling for him because I think he is better than that. I just hope he thinks so too.