Though there will be hyped pressures on all of the new habs, one very familiar hab will be taking the spotlight for sure.On a team of changing players and relative chaos to start the season with all the new arrivals, Carey Price will be one of a select few constants on this rapidly changing situation.And he better play well. Cause we all know how the montreal fans will respond if he fails to live up to the once again...."Great Expectations".
Ever since his great world junior championships were he symed the US team to go on to capture the gold medal, habs fans started to notice this talented kid from British Columbia. But that was only the start. When habs faithful watched in awe as price led the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Calder Cup, many thought the saviors of sorts has come from heaven to lead Le Canadiens to the Stanley Cup.
Not quite, but he is very good. Then the fans started cheering his name and supported him the whole way in his rookie year. In fact, at the trade deadline due to Price playing so well, Bob Gainey decided to trade away his former starting goalie Christobal Huet. This came as quite the shock and many thought that Carey wasn't up to the task, saying that he was too young or not experienced enough.
But he continued to shine brightly and led the Canadians to the second round of the playoffs, which as a rookie is quite complementary.
Then last season he got off to a tear and put up some great numbers early in the season. People in the stands were calling his praises and little kids were wearing his jersy proudly. But that every one concidered him to be the official starter for the habs.
Then, he was injured. It was a lower boby injury and he was out for quite some time. But nearing the end of his recuperation, the allstar festivities were calling his name, not for the all stars but for the the goal tending for the young stars game. And he answered, which some have said to be his mistake.
I can still here Don Chery yelling on Hockey Night in Canada that it was a mistake. And it was. From that point on Carey couldn't get the confidence or the defensive support to help him win games. He limped to the finish line and finished the season with some quite abysmal numbers for him.
Now people laugh at scorn and many question his ability to lead any team, let a lone the habs. The fans booed him right out of the season causing Price to give them the Pat Roy salute(not the middle finger!).
So the question is, are the expectations too great for him, is he not that great of a goalie or did he just slump in the last part of the season but will return to form. To those who have given up on Carey Price right now are foolish. He is a incredible goalie with all star pedigree. There is no doubt in my mind that Carey can play big time hockey.
The question should rather be, will the fans stop this ignorant stupidity and believe with confidence he will play a major part with the team this up coming season.If the habs make any noise this season, it will rest on his shoulders, and in my opinion, he is very capable of carrying the load.