Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Is it Time to Shut Carey Price Down?
Video of Carey Price skating surfaced today, courtesy of RDS and Sportsnet, and in that video we got to see just how far from returning to action Montreal's star goalie truly is. GM Marc Bergevin's timeline, set several weeks ago, calls for a few more week's but in reality the Vezina winner looks like he's two months away from donning the pads--at best. Seeing Price unable to cross over his right leg, and move cautiously on the ice like he did, has sensible hockey people already calling for the Habs to shut him down. It's a tough, grind-your-teeth scenario for Montreal, which wants so badly to get back to playing the type of hockey they were playing before Price was injured on November 25th against the Rangers (Price was originally injured on October 29th vs. Edmonton and missed nine games). At the time Montreal was leading the NHL with a 17-6-2 record. In two-plus months without Price Montreal has gone 7-18-2 to fall back to sixth place in the Atlantic Division, five points out of a wild card spot and with four teams ahead of them in the race for the last playoff slot. At this point one has to wonder: would it even be wise to subject a clearly injured goaltender to a stretch run that will be characterized more by desparation than Stanley Cup hopes? Haven't the Habs proved enough of what they're made of without Price at this point to make the decision easy for team brass? Yes, Price, even at 90 percent could help give Montreal a boost in the short-term, but if the franchise goalie's long-term health is put at risk is it really a wise choice?
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