François Gagnon was on the Team 990 morning show talking about what is a buyer’s market for goaltenders.
Exhibit A: Ilya Bryzgalov. Phoenix got him on waivers from Anaheim, and that makes you wonder what the Canadiens could command for Huet.
I still believe Canadiens should be careful with Carey Price. There is no doubt he will be the team’s numb er one goalie, and a helluva good one.
But Price is 20 years old. And he’s played nine games in the National Hockey League.
The kid passes every test – the latest being that shootout in Toronto – with fltying colours. But before anointing him, I’d like see how Price fares starting five or six games in a row. And I’d like to see him smoked for five or six goals and pulled from a game, just so we can assess how well he bounces back from that kind of adversity.
Huet is also uniquely qualified, by virtue of his temperament and intelligence, to be a mentor for Price. Nor is he the kind of Ed Belfour-type dickwad who will become a dressing room cancer as his number-one status gradually slips away.
Bottom line: Don’t deal Huet until the trading deadline, if then. Might even be a good idea to re-sign him, if he’ll go for an affordable, one-year contract.
Worth a read: Marc Antoine Godin’s La Presse analysis of how the Canadiens’ top line compares to others in the league.
Statistically, the 45 goals scored by Saku Kolivu, Christopher Higgins and Michael Ryder place them 22nd. Tampa bay’s Vincent Lecavalier, Marrtin St. Louis and Vaclav Prospal are tops with 93 – a full 50 per cent of goals the Lightning have scored this season.
Todd White, Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk’s 66 are 54 per cent of Atlanta’s total, a league high in percentage. The Koivu trio’s goals are 23 per cent of Canadiens’ scoring.
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The Canadiens have not defeated the Devils in New Jersey since Feb. 5, 2002. José Theodore posted a 1-0 shutout and also was the goaltender in a 3-2 win on March 20, 2004 – the last time Canadiens beat New Jersey in Montreal.
Maybe if they played in a neutral rink …
Martin F. Brodeur is 33-12-5 against his hometown team. His GAA in 50 starts is 1.74.