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Here we go again. Until we can find a clear number one goaltender, we will have a goaltenders controversy in Montreal. The last time we didn't have a controversy was when Patrick Roy was here over 10 years ago. :shock:

I'll get my feet wet by saying that Price will make the team next season as Huet's backup, and he will be playing once week to start and will outplay Huet. By Christmas time, we won't have a controversy in net for a long, long time. :five:

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Guest Miltie01

I agree that Price will eventually put an end to any goalie contoversies on this team.

I can see us signing Danis and moving one of Halak or Huet, most likely Halak due to his age and potential. This would leave us with Danis and Leighton as backups to Huet and Price in Montreal and Hamilton.

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Price won't make the team next year. He will have a great camp, but bottom line i think bob and the managment want to give him one ful year of pro hockey in hamilton before making the jump.Halak will back Huet, as he has already proved himself as a capable #2 or even #1 guy. Then by the end of next season, after another mediocore season for Huet, his contract runs out, we let him walk, and Price is ready to lead us to promise land

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Unless Price plays ridiculously amazing during training camp, he'll spend the year in Hamilton developing. One of the following: Halak or Danis will be traded for a draft pick or low or mid level player. Huet and Halak/Danis will play in Montreal while Price and Leighton backstop in Hamilton. With a full season in the AHL and a few NHL games under his belt, Price wil lbe ready to take on the reins in 08-09.

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Here we go again. Until we can find a clear number one goaltender, we will have a goaltenders controversy in Montreal. The last time we didn't have a controversy was when Patrick Roy was here over 10 years ago. :shock:  

I'll get my feet wet by saying that Price will make the team next season as Huet's backup, and he will be playing once week to start and will outplay Huet. By Christmas time, we won't have a controversy in net for a long, long time. :five:

i would love for price to come to montreal next season but theres is going to be some movement in the goal tending area for sure

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Here we go again. Until we can find a clear number one goaltender, we will have a goaltenders controversy in Montreal. The last time we didn't have a controversy was when Patrick Roy was here over 10 years ago. :shock:  

I'll get my feet wet by saying that Price will make the team next season as Huet's backup, and he will be playing once week to start and will outplay Huet. By Christmas time, we won't have a controversy in net for a long, long time. :five:

Huet will be our number #1, Halak our backup, and Price will play in the AHL. Danis will backup Price or be traded.

Here is the twist. Halak could become the #1 (or 1b) if he can show consistency early on and if Huet faulters. It took Huet sometime to get his form last year!

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And I still believe that was the fault of platooning. How do you gain a rhythm while riding the pine?

Maybe!!!!! Maybe not!

I tend to agree with you. A #1 needs to know that he is the go to guy and we need to play him.

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Whats the controversy? Huet is the #1, he hasn't done anything to lose him that job, his stats although not as spectcular as the previous year, were still very good with a near .920 SV% again, which is awesome.

Perhaps when his contract expires, the team will make some decisions, but i personally believe, Halak will backup Huet, and even after that, we will make room, and bring Price in as a backup for a year or 2, Huet will have 2 or 3 more years as the go to guy here before Price takes over fully.

They have been extremely patient with their top ranked prospects, sometimes even too patient, and people think Price will just jump in the thick of the fire in 1 season? Not gonna happen, they will take his development slowly, and cautiously, to make sure he breaks into his role with the team under the best possible conditions.

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Similarily, I see relatively little controversy:

#1 - Huet: It is still his job. He may lose it at some point, but coming out of camp, as long as he plays decent, it's his. At the end of the season is when things could really get interesting.

#2 - Halak: He proved he deserves to take the backup spot. There's no point going out and getting someone else when we have him here. Price still needs to prove himself in the pros, and there's no use rushing him.

#3 - Price: Let's not make the same mistake that was made with Fleury and Blackburn and rush the guy. Let him spend most, if not all, of the season in Hamilton. This will be a step up from juniors, but not the incredible pressure of Montreal, and give him the playing time he needs to develop.

I say let Huet play 50-60 games, Halak 20-30.

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I'll get my feet wet by saying that Price will make the team next season as Huet's backup, and he will be playing once week to start and will outplay Huet. By Christmas time, we won't have a controversy in net for a long, long time. :five:

I really hope not. I'd rather he gets the playing time in Hamilton. Plus, two names: Marc Andre Fleury, Dan Blackburn ...

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Guest MTL_RULES

My prediction:

Price- Best prospect at the camp, but we decide to give him one full season in the AHL before giving him full time duties in the NHL. He gets cut in the last round.

Huet, is our starter and plays 65-70 games for the Habs this year, and earns runner-up in the Vezina race. Halak handles the backup duties, which are quite a light load, as finally Carbo has woke up and given one goalie starting duties, even if he struggled for 3 straight games.

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I'll get my feet wet by saying that Price will make the team next season as Huet's backup, and he will be playing once week to start and will outplay Huet. By Christmas time, we won't have a controversy in net for a long, long time. :five:

I agree, price steals the job from huet. Montreal really needs a #1 goalie, and althought huet has played great, he showed us last year that he isnt that consistent, before he got injured he wasnt playing so great. Im not putting huet down, but in desperation carbo will put price in, he'll play great, and eventually steal the job. If he is good as the hype around him, then we shall become a contender.

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huet is number 1 heading into the season in my book.

halak is backup.

price our third string because theres no need to rush him yet let him take his time. all fruit must ripen before it is picked

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huet is number 1 heading into the season in my book.

halak is backup.

price our third string because theres no need to rush him yet let him take his time. all fruit must ripen before it is picked

I don't wanna see Price develop in the NHL like Fleury did. Sure he's doing well now, but we don't want to be in the doghouse do we? And if we do trade players away for defensive prospects! Become a much younger team that will learn with Price. Even if Price becomes as good as Fleury(hopefully better!) it will probbaly take time. But hey, could he faster than you think

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Luongo and Dipietro where given starting jobs quickly and they've turned out pretty good too. So it can be done, some players mature faster then others.

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Luongo and Dipietro where given starting jobs quickly and they've turned out pretty good too. So it can be done, some players mature faster then others.

True, but they didn't play well right away. Now they are both dominant yes, but both Florida and NYI bottom fed(at least sort of) while those goalies were developing.

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Luongo and Dipietro where given starting jobs quickly and they've turned out pretty good too. So it can be done, some players mature faster then others.

Dipietro was rushed as well and wasn't very good when he came up. It was only after spending a couple of seasons in the AHL that he came up started playing over .900. With basically all of the top drafted goalies to make the NHL in the last few years (Dipietro, Fleury, Blackburn, Leclaire, etc.), developing them slowly seemed to be the correct thing to do, rushing them only led to poor play, and in the case of Blackburn and Fleury, probably set them back in their development if anything.

With Halak and Huet, there is no reason to risk keeping Price here out of camp. I know we're all excited about this kid, but sometimes patience is best. And fortunately, I think Gainey will agree.

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Guest LarryRobinson

Oh no. Lets not fan the flames of another goalie battle. I think one of Carb's worst decisions was the platooning Huet/Abs earlier in the year. I know there is a flip side argument saying it motivates both to play well, but I for one would like to see the year start:

Huet #1

Halak a distant #2

Price in Hamilton in case of injury. I echo others sentiments, no reason to rush the kid, esp. considering our depth at goalie.

Carbo has much more to worry about then who should be in net. Lets hope this is not the distraction it was this year and pray for a solid #1 effort from Huet. (I know, like you all know that it will be a distraction, just hoping it wont be as big as this past year)

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Oh no.  Lets not fan the flames of another goalie battle.  I think one of Carb's worst decisions was the platooning Huet/Abs earlier in the year.  I know there is a flip side argument saying it motivates both to play well, but I for one would like to see the year start:  

Agreed 100%. Goaltending tandems work sometimes, and they don't work others. Who knows what may have happened, if we only rode Aebischer or only rode Huet all season long.

All I can say is, the 1A, 1B didnt work for us this year, so lets not try it again this year with a different 1B. Lets just ride Huet for all he's worth, and if he truly stinks up the ice, then send out Halak. But we've got to let Huet play a solid 10-15 games before we make the swap. Not just 1 or 2.

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Guest Handlanger
Is Price really that good?

Well, I thought he is overrated for a long time.... but what I've seen from him so far - strictly amazing!!! Especially considering his age.... this is guy who can carry a team and take responsability. He is extremely good...

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