Goalies have always been a special breed. Head cases mostly with some peculiar ways of doing things. After all they get hit with hockey pucks by choice for a living.
But in today’s age of high paid athletes Carey Price and other big ticket contracted players have to understand that when they sign on the line for big bucks; like Mr. Price has, you have to deliver.
There are no excuses. Excuses are for Leaf fans. Champions are only champions when they win. Yes, the Habs lost Mr. Emelin and yes their team D isn’t the best, but if Ottawa and Pittsburgh can overcome adversity Mr. Price has to start sucking it up and stealing some games.
New GM Marc Bergevin chose to not make any big splashes at the trade deadline; a bottom run D man and a waiver pick up. Either he was showing confidence in this year’s squad or he felt that price to pay for play off help would not get this team over the hump this year.
What’s clear is that since the deadline the team has not looked like a play off ready squad.
As of this story Carey is 6th in Wins, which is more of a team category; not in the top 20 for Goals against average; and 26th in Save percentage. Hardly numbers warranting his upcoming salary.
There are names above him in those numbers that are talked of harshly. Terms like washed up or goalies that buzz are need replacing have better numbers than Mr. Price and in hockey a whole team’s confidence can ride in the team’s confidence in their goalie.
Carey has the contract. Now he has to deliver. It’s that simple. Ask Scott Gomez.
If Carey is hurt it needs to be shared. If he’s not hurt then it’s time to grow up and be a man. Teams don’t pay players to be nice guys or great in the dressing room. Some of the greatest teams in sports history had horrible dressing rooms and prima donnas running amok.
Professional sports is about winning. Montreal is about winning the Stanley Cup. Its fans love a Champion and make their names immortal. Carey Price has to decide his own future before the Lords of Hockey decide for him.
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