With todays lost,the Canadiens are eliminated from the playoffs thus begins the offseason.
Interesting. Although he had a pretty weak SCF I don't think I would want to trade Carter for Price. Halak on the other hand might be a different story. Carter is a young potential 40+ goal scorer, but after seeing Halak in this playoff run it would be hard to not be excited about getting this guy. Like you said though, we will just have to wait and see.A lot of fans think the Habs will probably let go either Price or Halak. There's even a rumor (started by the Montreal press) that there could be a transaction between the Habs and the Flyers during the course of the summer. Halak or Price for someone like Carter, or a player like Hartnell. The Flyers will probably be on the hunt for a number 1 grade goalie and Halak has expressed he wanted to be no.1 next season or be traded.
So, we'll see...
the real questions around who should stay and who should go all circle around these questions:I would keep Halak,and trade Price for a quality forward ward.
Who is of higher trade value?the real questions around who should stay and who should go all circle around these questions:
Who is of higher trade value?
Who will be the better goaltender?
Who is the better goaltender?
Answers to if the answers to those questions in the Canadiens organization are Halak, Price, Halak then their is a good chance Halak goes.
Price is a capable starting goaltender, if you look at a lot of the games that he lot last season it wasnt because he was awful it was because the team was awfu, I mean he had a .912 SPA and a 2.77 GAA facing roughly an average of 31 shots a game. Those aren't bad numbers. If I was a Canadiens fan I wouldn't be upset to see Price being the left over piece. Not to mention he is a high draft pick but his trade value isn't high, I mean if you can get Carter for Halak, I would do it in a heartbeat.
Numbers Comparison between the two goalies:
45 games: 26-13-5
41 games: 13-20-5
No doubt that Halak was the superior goalie, but Prices number's aren't awful for a starter and with the add offense to the team with an addition of Carter's quality, I would be surprised to those win numbers increase significantly. This is also contingent on the Canadiens fans not crucifying Price on a night to night basis.
So to sum up, if Halak can land me Carter Price is my #1 guy next season, possibly sign a veteran back-up during the off season and call it a year.
The Source.MONTREAL -- Georges*Laraque and the Montreal Canadiens officially parted ways Tuesday when the NHL club announced it would buy out the ostracized enforcer.
Laraque had one year remaining on a US$4.5 million three-year contract.
The buyout is worth $1 million and will be spread out over the next two years, meaning the Canadiens will receive an extra $500,000 cap hit through the 2011-12 season.
The Canadiens first announced they would buy out the 33-year-old on Jan. 21, when they banished him from the team, apparently because he had become a distraction. Officially, he stayed on the 23-man roster for the rest of the season but was not seen at games or practices.
Laraque, who was in and out of the lineup in recent seasons with back problems, had one goal and two assists in 28 games this season.
The Canadiens signed him as a free agent with Montreal in 2008 looking to add toughness to a squad that had been manhandled by the Boston Bruins in the playoffs, but he rarely dropped the gloves and had little effect. In two seasons with the Canadiens, he had one goal and four assists in 61 games.
Yes,I am both angry and sad to see Halak leave,especially after that playoff performance. But now I'm looking foward to the future of Price,he has the responsibility now as the number one startup goaltender,he cannot now rely on Halak.It'll be down to him,where he leads the team.Too bad Halak is on the Blues now. Canadian fans most be angry and sad!:cry
Yes but the Canadiens don't have great defenders such as Lidstorm or Keith and Seabrook to support Price.Imagine if Price has a bad start next season... Habs' fans will be raising hell in Montreal. We'll see how Price can handle the pressure.
It looks like goalies aren't that important nowadays. Look at what the Hawks did with Niemi or the Wings with Osgood. IMHO, your goalie is only as good as the players in front of him...
Fair enough,those defenders are good and Subban has a bright future but they still aren't close to Lidstorm, Seabrook or Keiths level.Hmm? It depends what your definition of "good" is. Markov, Spacek, Gorges (and eventually Subban) are good enough for me! :thumbsup:
I guess one could say "when you trade a player like Halak, there's a Price to pay".
Yes,probably does.Interesting to see Josh Gorges at the draft table, perhaps a sign that he will be taking on the "C"? I know the Habs captain question is as annoying as the entire "taylor-tyler" debate, but a captain should be named by summer's end.
I could very well see Gio taking on the "C", but seeing Josh at the draft table indicates perhaps which direction management is leaning towards.