smurfposse Posted July 13, 2010 Report Share Posted July 13, 2010 But Gautier did show his hand, over play his hand.. whatever. You think the Habs are getting Price for less than 3 million after telling Carey he's our number one, and then sit back and watch Halak get 3.75 mill. If Gautier and Gainey believed Price to be a true #1 they should have been pursuing a deal before the end of the season. That way they would have paid what was legitimately what he was worth. Now, he has no one on the team to push him to 'become' the #1 and he already has the status to pull weight in negotiations for inflated salary. I don't get the hype about Carey. I was impressed by him in the AHL, the WJC and his rookie season where he should have won Rookie of the Year. But he didn't. And since... whether its due to bad attitute, work ethic, whatever, he has rightly played second fiddle to Halak. My worry here is that they got little (if Eller doesn't pan out) in return for Halak,... who has only shown increases every year since he has played with the Habs. IF Carey continues this road for a while, we will end up putting Auld in the AHL and bringing up Sanford or Desjardins. If the Habs really were serious about their situation, and worried about cap space, they could have signed a guy like Dan LaCosta (has some NHL experience, and youth, and with time will be a true NHLer) for peanuts, had him and Sanford fight it out for the backup role and not worry about either goal tending situation in either Hamilton or Montreal. And if Desjardins was ready they could have sent back Sanford/LaCosta. But a million for a life time back-up (Sorry Van fans - you guys had him as a starter.. last time he had a winning record... 2005) which was ridiculous. As Auld isn't going to be teaching Carey lessons on humility and patience. Carey needs to find religion, be taught in the ways of what it means to play for a team with 100 yrs of tradition. Carey has to shake his head and forget the pre-Habs years, and become the player he was touted to be. The only way I see Carey Price becoming that player is with proper push from someone who will compete for the #1 spot... he needs to get rid of his ego and play like a man. But that illusionary person is also one that knows that he may not be #1 and be ok with that. Halak was ready to be starter, and knew he had Carey on the ropes as the team didn't play when Price was in nets. Halak played it safe, stopped the puck and did nothing to jeopardize his position, meanwhile Carey partied too much, said too much and did too much that Markov had to speak with him... I don't want to wait 4 yrs for Carey Price to grow up... he's already been here 3 yrs.... its time for him to suck it up and play passionate hockey. But giving into the notion #1's get paid.... I see him making closer to 3 than less than. And that in my estimation is overpaying him. 2 yrs at 2.4 would be ok... serviceable. Anything more would be reckless. Until he shakes the cobwebs and brings the Habs to the playoffs and wins a round or two.... waiting on Price is going to be PAINFUL. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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