Both Price & Halak have been battling for the starting position in goal for a good year or so now. Obviously Jaroslav Halak has been the better goaltender this season. However, Price is not bad. Carey Price has the ability to become a great goaltender in this league. Right now, with the Habs inching towards the playoffs, they want to go with the hot hand, which is Jaroslav Halak. But for the future, is Halak really the right way to go?
I know Price has the potential to become a great goalie in the NHL, and where would Pittsburgh be now if they gave up on Fleury? That really stirs the pot a little. If you bring in Fleury into the equation, Price has had a better first 2 seasons in the NHL then Fleury did, and look at Fleury now, Stanley Cup & Olympic Gold. There's obviously no doubt that Halak is the starter if the Habs make the playoffs, but come July, Montreal can use Halak for some serious trade bait. Every team wants this guy, Montreal could really bring in a good forward or 2 for Jaroslav Halak. It can give Carey Price a confidence boost and you know what 2 & A Half seasons does not define a goaltender. Especially a 22 year old goaltender. And Price's numbers have improved from last season... But again, that's a big risk that Montreal takes if they decide to trade Halak. I can't help but seeing this image in my head over and over again, because I have a strong feeling it will happen. :
Montreal trades Price and Price shines to his potential and becomes a legitimate number 1 goaltender. May I leave you with one interesting statistic.
Marc Andre Fleury: 2.83 Career GAA, .906 Career SV% Carey Price: 2.73 Career GAA, .912 Career SV%
I know how good Halak is, but if I was GM of Montreal, I could not give up on Price this easily.