What a blow.
Monday, the Montreal Canadiens came out with the shocking news that goalie Carey Price is done for the postseason with a right knee injury, suffered after the Rangers' Chris Kreider ran into him. Was it on purpose?
“I reviewed the incident, and obviously it was accidental contact, but let’s put it this way: He didn’t make much effort to avoid the contact,” Habs coach Michel Therrien said.
Agreed. Kreider certainly didn't appear to want to slow down any as he came barreling into the Canadiens' goalie.
“We knew a bit what was happening yesterday. We have to rally for Carey, give him the opportunity to play again this season, that’s how I see it,” Therien said.
Good luck with that. Peter Budaj just isn't anywhere near the quality of goalie Price is. Which is why Therrien made the move to go with Dustin Tokarski, a fifth-round draft choice by Tampa Bay in 2008. Tokarski played all of three games in the regular season for the Habs (but his saves percentage was .946 and his record was 2-0-0).
Hey, I like Therrien's roll of the dice here. Why not try the unknown commodity instead of the known quantity, which in Budaj's case is a pretty mediocre goalie.
But it almost certainly won't work. I don't think this is going to be another re-run of Patrick Roy, circa 1986.