Cornwall ON – So it’s July 1st. Free Agent mania. There are a lot of interesting goalies out there, but how many studs are available? How many potential studs? Yeah. Some serviceable guys, but no studs.
Detroit showed that you could win a Stanley Cup without a STUD. Philadelphia nearly won a cup with chopped liver. Chicago’s Niemi wasn’t exactly paté so the question is where does Carey Price fit into this and what’s the play?
Carey Price will never be a Montreal legend. He never really was meant to be. He’s a West coast guy with a West coast personality. I think he’s the real deal, but situationally in Montreal he and management are under the gun.
If the Habs and Mr. Price jump out to a slow start he not only will be butchered alive by the fans and media; his true value will be drastically reduced.
Right now; as I right this; his value will not be higher in 2010. Right now Mr. Price could probably land a Top 6 Forward or Top 4 D man, and maybe a good draft pick if not a number one.
Montreal signing Dan Ellis I believe would put Carey in play. The question is will the Price be right for other GM’s. His salary; at least for another year is also extremely attractive to top level teams that not only want a Stud in goal, but a long term stud. Philadelphia would be a perfect fit, but then so would a lot of other teams.
I hope that Pierre Gauthier does much better than he did in the Halak deal if he does pull the trigger; but a tandem of say Dan Ellis and Marty Biron isn’t totally attractive, and there are a lot of other interesting names out there that could complement Dan Ellis if the Habs get him signed at the right…….price 😉
What do you think Canada?