Comment: Was silence golden for Price?

It was that kind of night for Canadiens goalie Carey Price.
Allen McInnis, Gazette

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That Canadiens goalie Carey Price wasn’t available to say a few words to the media after Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins might or might not have been his choice.

If Price chose not to speak, he would have been helped a great deal by having someone on the team suggest to him – strongly – that it was in his best interests to make a dressing-room appearance, if even briefly.

If it was the Canadiens who chose not to make him available, they did their No. 1 goalie, and themselves, a disservice.

Indulge a small bit of first person: In a previous life 25 years ago, I was the media relations officer for the Canadian Olympic swim team, during the primes of Alex Baumann and the late Victor Davis.

Davis didn’t think much of the media, and vice-versa. But on more than one occasion, I had to pretty much take him by the scruff of the neck and haul him out to speak to the media after he’d had a bad swim.

The media reported on Davis’s world-record and Olympic gold-medal swims. They also reported on him when he struggled and lost to far inferior swimmers. Never once did Davis not face the music, though sometimes he needed some strong convincing to do so.

I’d suggest that he gained more respect and did more for himself when he expressed his thoughts after a loss than after a gold-medal race.

When you’re an elite athlete, in a public spotlight few of us will know or fully understand, facing the music good or bad is what you must do.

Carey Price has a far better relationship with Montreal’s hockey media than Davis did with reporters who sometimes showed up once every four years to cover amateur sport and took great delight in carving him when he didn’t win.

Price is engaging and thoughtful. He can handle himself very, very well in interviews, after good games and bad, and the media treat him, generally speaking, with a fair hand.

I’ve enjoyed speaking with him since before he arrived in Montreal and have enjoyed watching him grow as a goalie and as a man.

And at the end of the day, he occupies a unique position in this city as the Canadiens now uncontested No. 1 goaltender.

Wednesday night, if it was Price’s idea not to talk after having surrendered four goals on nine Boston shots, he needed someone on the Canadiens to convince him otherwise. To come into the dressing room, to speak for two or three minutes, if even on a team official’s watch, and then go his way.

(Don’t blame him for all four goals, either. He’d like one back. The others: good shots or no help from his team. To a man, his teammates and coach stood by him.)

If the Canadiens made the decision for him to remain under wraps, they were wrong.

The story simmered overnight, of course, the usual jackals went nuts with it and the media will try again Thursday at practice to have a word with him.

If Price is not available once more, the story moves a day closer to dying on the vine, which in the team’s eyes is the perfect thing. But in so doing, Price does himself no favours, the Canadiens mismanage a situation and the goalie’s critics have additional ammunition to suggest he lacks the emotional toughness to play nets in Montreal.

Price has again been anointed his team’s No. 1 goaltender. He’s just signed a two-year, $5.5-million contract. He’s faced, through no doing of his own, with the summertime departure of fan favourite Jaro Halak, something that touched a very raw nerve among Canadiens fans.

This is the preseason. Wednesday’s game meant nothing, finally. The usual idiotic fans showed their true colours by derisively cheering Price’s routine saves.

But it also was a chance for the goalie to make a statement, in deed as much as in word – to demonstrate that he has the maturity to deal with a bad night.

It would have been unpleasant for only a couple of moments to express his feelings, and then it would have been done. He’d even have found a generally sympathetic media, which almost unanimously thought little of the fans’ treatment of him against the Bruins.

This isn’t about a slight felt by the media, who had plenty to report about beyond this.

It’s about accountability after a preseason game, about a goaltender working himself into shape after the summer.

It’s about a goaltender who for the short, medium and perhaps long term, is the No. 1 guy in this town and who, like his teammates, deserves a little slack to make his preparations.

A couple of words from Price to Canadiens fans would have been a very good idea given how goaltending occupies a special place in this city’s sports landscape.

For whatever reason, it didn’t happen.

My hunch is that the Canadiens took the road of least resistance. They didn’t push the issue with the goalie, and might well have even suggested to him that he’d be better off saying nothing.

And a goaltender who did not have a career night didn’t disagree.


  1. quentin_stuckley says:


  2. quentin_stuckley says:

    does anyone know if the fans, no i can’t call them that…does anyone know if the antagonists started chanting “we want halak” last night?  i had to work, and couldn’t see/listen to the game.  i hope they didn’t.

  3. andrewberkshire says:

    It was 55.6% so I guess he qualifies.

  4. Duracell3 says:

    While this will be mostly our opening night roster, I don’t even care about the poor performance.


    The fact Andrew Conboy wears the CH even for a pre-season game is embarassing.

  5. vanderglenn says:

    good points Andrew. Why is this stuff coming back so early. Mr. Stubbs, please don’t fuel this stuff. It’s pre season. I know it builds the commentariat but please. We need a good goalie more than we need a told ya so journalism sector of the gazette.

    I’ve never been a big fan of Price and his headspace should be questioned considering what comes out of his mouth but he has to be good to win and by fucking his confidence this early is obviously a cheap way at stirring the shit and getting people like me to respond. C’mon Pricey, prove us wrong.

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Talking or not talking, some rip him in tommorow’s columns because it might sell more papers or generate more site traffic.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  7. LA Loyalist says:

    How about incenting him: when his save % gets over 50% he can stop talking to the media.

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  8. sidhu says:

    There are multiple issues here, that should not be conflated —

    1) Fans boo’ing

    2) Price’s performance

    3) Price not being available for the media

    My view:

    1) They have the right to boo.  If they can cheer, they can boo. 

    2) It’s only one game

    3) I agree with Stubbs: Price unavailability only facilitates the impression that he’s immature, can’t take the heat, etc.

  9. ghabsg says:

    I agree but feel there is no reasoning with these f•n clowns….!

  10. LA Loyalist says:

    If you think that Price thought this game was meaningless then maybe that’s the problem.

    High School is meaningless in the scheme of University – unless you flunk out and never get there. The regular season is meaningless in terms of the playoffs – unless you flunk out and don’t make the playoffs.

    Price wasn’t ready for tonight. Why is that? Because it’s meaningless? Why? And it’s ok for our #1 millionaire goalie to have that attitude?

    And not to speak for Dave, but he didn’t need a “sound bite” (or do we call it byte now?) Price provided the story line by coughing up a fur ball tonight. Dave just reported facts. Don’t kill the messenger.



  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    See what he does with tonight, either takes it as a challenge or doesn’t.

    His goalie coach is Pierre Groulx, he used to work in Florida with Vokoun and Craig Anderson before JM left their GM and brought him with to coach Price.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  12. andrewberkshire says:

    Dave, even if Price had talked to the media, the same Jackals you’re talking about would have perverted anything he said.

    If Price DID speak to the
    media, the story would have been either; Price says “These things
    happen, bad games happen, I’ll move on” [Headline reads: Price doesn’t
    care enough]; Price says “I’m disappointed that I played poorly, I
    really want to win with this team” [Headline: Price is overemotional,
    cares too much]; Price says “The booing doesn’t bother me, I tune it
    out” [Headline: Price is checked out of Montreal, doesn’t respect fans]:
    Price says “The booing gets to me of course, but hopefully over the
    year I’ll give them good reasons to stop booing” [Headline: Price
    rattled by booing; Mentally weak between the pipes].

    This how
    sports journalism works in Montreal, especially for Price. He can’t win
    no matter what, so why bother speaking to the media? There are some great journalists out there, but they’re outnumbered by the imbeciles.

  13. RJB says:

    Tonight I am embrassed by those people who booed Carey Price at the bell centre. Calling themselves “fans” of this team. They are going to run this kid out of town, and when he becomes a superstar they won’t have any right to complain, it’s your own damn fault, and it’s a damn shame.

    That last bit rhymed, without my intention

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  14. badangel says:

    Dave I really like you as a writer but I think that by posting this you have created a sh!tstorm when there needn’t be one. Everyone keeps droning ON and ON about how it’s pre-season and a meaningless first game – it’s rather hypocritical to post this “comment” about Price and ONLY Price.

    Hockey is a team sport and a whole game was played by an ENTIRE team yet all that is mentioned in the aftermath of this is Price. It’s WAY too early in the season to start adding fuel to the fire and open up an obviously sensitive and touchy issue of goaltending since last year.

    We ALL know where things go with respect to the goalie issue and I think that as a media person this “comment” is totally inappropriate and selfish as you, as a writer, don’t get the soundbite you may want. I’m really disappointed as I see this article as calling the dogs (troll type fans) on to Price when it really isn’t warranted at this point of the season – especially when it’s induced by the media.


    MAYBE Price (and team) saw this game for what it is.. meaningless in the scheme of the season .. and DIDNT want to make a big deal out of NOTHING (ie meaningless game) – why make a mountain out of a mole hill…. ah but WAIT the media can do it for you.


    I’m so disappointed as a reader of HIO and a fan of the Habs for the reaction to Price.

  15. HabsFan90 says:

    I’d like to see all the people who mocked Price and booed him to put on his equipment and do his job better. They really have no right, to be honest.

    When you’re a #1 goalie in the NHL, then get back to me.

  16. LA Loyalist says:

    I hope to the cross on the mountain that you are right, Serieux. I almost always agree with you.

    But i am very, very concerned about Price’s mental fortitude and lack of preparedness for tonight. It was a big chance for him to silence everyone, including me, and he blew it.

    I would happily shut up and go back to complaining about the smurfs down the middle. 

    Who’s his goalie coach? Do you know?

  17. sidhu says:

    Very well put, Stubbs.

    The fans are the fans, they will not change — they will give our goalies the Bronx cheer in the preseason, they will taunt VEEEESSAAA even though he’s in the KHL. 

    But the media is flexible — they can be on Price’s side, or not.  They lie between the team and the fanatic fans. 

    In refusing to deal with the media, Price is alienating himself and denying himself the opportunity to bring the media closer to his side of the spectrum; he forewent the chance to get a favorable spin on his performance that thousands of fans would read. and listen to. 

    If this is “just a preseason game,” then Price should have come out like it was just like a preseason game.  Instead, by refusing to come out, he allows the impression to exist that the fans got to him, even if this was a meaningless game. 

    Price is young — but so is Gorges, who spoke to the media, and he had the example of Gill and Cammy to emulate but opted not to.

    This could be a long-season in the Price-Montreal-Media relationship.

  18. mtlhbsfn says:

    I agree – I was at the game and felt ashamed to have to sit there and listen to them boo and cheer mockingly – I don’t care how much someone gets paid – it can’t feel good – and its freakin’ pre-season, game 1….

  19. LA Loyalist says:

    “Whatever reason?” The reason is simple math: 8 shots – 4 goals.

    He did not come prepared to play. To say it’s preseason is crap. Posting it a 100 times doesn’t make it not crap.

    Boston was fielding rookies and rust, too. They managed to show up. Any goalie knows it’s hard to play in pre-season because it will be disorganized in front of him and he has to be mentally prepared. Many posters are excusing Price like he is a rookie. He’s not a rookie anymore, is he?

    We have a huge problem if Price doesn’t get it together. We don’t have anyone else and we don’t have the depth to trade. The east is going to be tight and we can’t go even 10 games 3-7 and then go “oh, oh.”

    I’m not giving up on him, but he managed in 20 minutes to blow all the accumulated goodwill and excitement of anticipating the new season with a clear #1 goalie.

    Who the hell is his goalie coach, anyway? Any of you guys know. That’s who should be getting a bus ticket first off. Sandwich and a road map for this embarassment.

    I’m sorry to be harsh. But you don’t get paid 2.75 million dollars or whatever the amount is to load a diaper like that.

  20. ZepFan2 says:

    No, they’ll do that tomorrow.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  21. HabsFan90 says:

    It sickens me to be a Habs fan sometimes. Who gives these jerkoffs tickets? Give those tickets to fans who care and support the team through anything. Give this kid a damn break. It’s one game and was playing in front of junior d-men most of the night.

    But the funny thing is, Halak let in 3 on 15 last night. But that’s still good enough for people’s standards. Unbelievable the hypocricy in some people. “WE WANT HALAK” Really? Go be a Blues fan if you miss the guy that much. We don’t need pathetic fans longing for a guy who wasn’t going to end up staying here anyway.

    Go Price and Go Habs. I’ll STILL be rootin for ya.

  22. avatar_58 says:


    I love you guys but don’t say something so ridiculous. RDS and co would like nothing more

  23. wotever says:

    Overall, I saw enough things to make me look forward to the upcoming season and seasons.  I’m also reminded of how the team last year struggled at the beginning of games and then came on hard later in the games, and how this shifted at the end of the season the other way around, where they had to get the lead if they wanted to win.  Course, maybe that’s what happened for the games I watched sober. 😉

    I can’t tell if I’ll be bothered to read another regular season day of the pointless vitriol that passes for hockey commentary on this forum.  The inmates are running the asylum.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  24. Scott in Montreal says:

    it was just the first preseason game and it meant nothing for a guy who is inked-in on the main team (like Price). He had nothing to prove and was probably out of position on a couple of those goals in trying to compensate for a weak and disorganized D. Wait for the regular season to start before grinding this ax, okay?

  25. Dave Stubbs says:

    The media, as a group, were in no way interested in ripping Carey Price tonight.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
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  26. scrowe21 says:

    LOL at the people comparing Price to Halak about how they talk to the media when they win or lose…WHO CARES…Price had a crap game and needs to be better. bottom line, he knows it, everyone knows it. I dont blame him for not talking to the media. Im sure he feels shitty enough as it is.


    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pretty much it, anything he says will just extend the story, if he waits till Saturday (since I imagine B squad will be playing Friday), he can get another game in and silence his critics before it all spins out of control.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  28. LA Loyalist says:

    Amen. This is on Bob Gainey and the brain trust, who should have known better.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  29. rocketsglare says:

    Yes, its an insignificant pre-season loss for Price and he should be given some lattitude for this loss,

    but apparently he continues to be moody, something that plagued him especially at the end of the

    regular season last year.

    It was hoped that Price would start this season with the maturity of a #1 netminder and meet his

    responsibilities head on, one of them being the traditional post-game interview. But by blowing off

    this interview he is unintentionally signalling his lack of composure and maturity that are sure to

    follow him and that can only bring him more problems later on.

    He should have calmly meet the media and given a brief Q&A and then called it a night. The media

    would have understood and Price would have won the day by demonstrating after a disapointing loss

    that he is a consumate professional and in control of the suituation. All earmarks that Price has matured

    beyond his years and understands the responsibilities that go with being the starting netminder on this



    Go Habs Go!





  30. Doctor Device says:

    Who says he’s taking it hard?  He probably just recognizes a no-win situation.  If he comes out and says everything is fine and he’s not upset, then the story will be that Price doesn’t care and isn’t taking things seriously again.   If he comes out and says that he’s disappointed, then the story will be about how Price is downcast and rattled.

    The only thing he can do with the media and fans is play well – nothing he says will do anything at this point.

    I feel for him because I’m sure that isn’t the performance he wanted to put in but it’s preseason.  The fact that the media and fans are already calling for blood is just silly.

  31. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …let’s take the positive first …We will have a different dynamic this season …significantly more skill and depth …as well as identified character, balance and solidarity as a Team …clearly, in the wings, We have real talent percolating, awaiting opportunity if any of Our regulars disappoint or are injured …I will be VERY surprised if the Montreal Canadiens are not a playoff team …after only one exhibition game Our Achilles Heel, the negative, is represented by Our goaltending …will We be let down by shoddy goals allowed that will undermine all the positive ? …it was not that Carey allowed 4 goals in 9 shots on goal …but objectively, it was HOW He was beaten …seemingly lackadaisical, waving at the puck unfocused and seemingly without any reflexive muscle twitch, either with His legs or glove …not appearing post-game indicates Carey is already dealing with major psychological and emotional stress that is magnified by the carry-over during the previous 2 seasons …I am a Habs Fan that wants to be a Carey Price Fan too …I think that if this was happening while He was a Pheonix Coyote or a member of almost any other NHL team, Carey Price has WHAT it takes to turn it around …as a Montreal Canadien it will not be as easy …optimistically, the Montreal Canadiens will not be a Team that will frequently allow 40+ shots as They did last season …We will be significantly tighter defensively, controlling offensively much more of the play …this is what We must be patient to allow to play out …let the Team meld around Carey, and vice versa …if You as Fans of Our Habs have any remaining credibility …do NOT destroy Carey Price

  32. SUMO says:

    I have a suggested headline for you or Pat Hickey; :”A tale of two goaltenders”

    Tonight at the Bell Centre we saw the only 2 goaltenders picked in the 2005 NHL entry draft; #5 (Carey Price) & #21 (Tuuka Rask). Both were hightly touted draft picks and viewed as saviours for their respective fanchises. Both are big and athletic but one paid his dues in the minors and had an all-star veteran netminder to mentor him (Tim Thomas); the other was rushed through the system and handed every opportunity along the way.

    Rask wasn’t expected to resolve the goaltending hole in Boston or TO. He had Tim Thomas minding the net so he could be developed slowly with NO pressure to be the man between the pipes. Rask had 2 seasons in the AHL and was eased into the NHL. His maturity and development to this point is a result of good mangement and tempered expectations. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

    In Careys situation its; everything was handed to him NOT because he earned it or beat out Huet or Halak for the job. There are no more excuses for Carey he has to deliver every night or he is villified. The fans expected him to be Roy or Dryden not Steve Penny.

    So here we are in September 2010. Tuuka Rask looks to be the next dominant goalie in the NHL whereas Price is still trying to find his game in the NHL. I’m still a believer in Price but tonight is more of a lesson on how poorly the Habs management have failed draft and develop their 1st rounders. Price has all the tools to be the galtender of his generation but to this point he has shown none of that.

  33. EricInStL says:

    Tampa Baie won…..


    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  34. EricInStL says:

    It would show to those who question his mental toughness, that he will not flinch when people will boo him.


    This no show gives ammo to those who do not like Price for whatever reason. Call it good PR if he showed up to answer questions.

  35. twilighthours says:

    Maybe that’s exactly why he should have answered the bell.  Why is he taking it so hard if it’s only a meaningless game?

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    Halak didn’t talk to the media after the 3 straight losses in the season’s last 3 games that were clearly on his head and if not for OT points, would have meant no magical playoff run for the Habs in 2010.

    Why does Price have to answer to the media in his first 30 minutes of playing time since April in a meaningless pre-season match?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  37. FB says:

    Did anyone else think Maxim Lapierre looked bigger on the ice tonight.  It looked like he grew a foot and put on a good 10-15 lbs.  I was very impressed with him tonight.

  38. twilighthours says:

    There’s a lot of value in this article by Stubbs.

  39. habs03 says:

    Exactly like others have said here, Price played horrible but to write all that because he didn’t want to talk to the media? Also like others have said, Price faced the media after every loss last year, while Halak only talked to media after wins and never after a loss, and not once have you mentioned that, lets be fair now!!

  40. christophor says:

    the story of the night is how price wasn’t available? media thinking too highly of themselves? i agree with you, but this isn’t the only thing that should be said after this game. 

    come on, dave. i was looking forward to some commentary on the game. i really enjoy reading what you have to say. instead i got a commentary on how the media felt for about 10 minutes after the game. this isn’t a chatroom for only those with media passes to vent their feelings on not getting their cheesy quotes. we come to discuss hockey. we can even discuss price’s brutal night, but based on what happened on the rink also.

    ugh, goodnight. 

  41. Kooch7800 says:

    Carey let in one really bad goal, the rest were defensive break downs in the first preseason game.  The team actually looked really good part way through the second and dominated the third.  Maxwell looked good as did Tinordi.  It is preseason. Give price a break

  42. HaloHabsFan says:

    Stubby – is this a hold over from a high school grudge when none of the girls would talk to you either? Good to hear you are re-living the glory days of your olympic swim team involvement.  Perhaps those were the glory days of your reporting as well.

    I don’t see the point of your article, other than needlessly throwing salt in the wound.

  43. Doctor Device says:

    “Sympathetic media” har har har – you don’t seriously believe that do you?

    Anything Price said would have been picked to pieces, as everyone (including him) knows.

    Raking up a controversy over the first game of preseason is ridiculous.


  44. Shan says:

    Dah, who cares!

    I don’t care if he does or doesn’t speak to the media. I don’t care if he seems mature or not! Why is it in his best interest? Because you say so? Or because there’s a spiral effect? Whatever! That doesn’t matter in Montreal; it’s always a lot of attention, no matter what.

    Speaking to the media or not is not a measure of manhood or maturity. Neither is that night he raised his arms in exasperation. People read way too much into things, methinks.

    Carey should do whatever puts him most at ease and keeps him happy. If not answering the same questions and not fake-smiling and not BSing for 3 minutes about a topic that isn’t really worth discussing makes him a little more comfortable, then good for him.



    Their defenses are broken! Let the slaughter begin!

  45. JVSmith says:

    So when Halak lost miserably last season and wouldn’t speak to the media, it’s ok but Price is weak, gets humiliated by these low-class fans and he has to be there? I hate this city for its hypocritical fans, one set of conduct expected for one guy and another set of conduct for another. Cheer for the TEAM or go HOME! We deserve our reputation.

  46. Chuck says:

    More to your point, Spacek was directly responsible for two of the goals, yet it was Carey that was booed the next time that he touched the puck.

    Yeah, smart fanbase, eh?

  47. LeeFree says:

    When those drunken bums enter that section, the organization should do what I did when I tended bar. CUT THEM OFF! The echo up there goes right through the arena and ALL 21,293 fans are being painted with the same brush as these stupefied morons. Half of them haven’t a clue on what’s happening on the ice with the other half piggy backing on the rest – it’s a tail gate party up there with these idiots who call themselves fans of this franchise. It’s one thing to be passionate about this organization, but this booing is getting beyond ridiculous, over and over, and over…. If what Pleks and Gill said following the game last night doesn’t get through, pity help the players and their beloved lower gallery faithful!!!

  48. avatar_58 says:

    Wasn’t all Price you know. Spacek’s brainfart + rookie mistakes led to many scoring chances. It’s not like Sanford was tested at all

  49. matraque says:

    I predict Price will be traded this season….

    I’m going to take a screenshot of this post and post it when it happens.



    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  50. fbkj says:


    for when he doesnt get traded and dominates

  51. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    how come no one is saying anything about jaro last night he let in 3 on 18 shats, its only one game and everyone is booing give me a break

  52. zaq007 says:

    Only blame first goal on price, it was a softie…but it’s the first couple shots of a real game he’s seen in months so I’ll give him a break 😛

  53. Number31 says:

    Mountains out of molehills. You guys are no better than the maniacs in Toronto calling that the end is nigh after the first pre-season game where half the players out there won’t be on the team in October and they were all running about on sea-legs out of sync on nervous energy for 50 minutes.

    Gonna run him out of town by Saturday?

  54. Propwash says:

    I agree, it would have been better if Price was around to talk to the media guys, mind you, I remember when he dropped an F bomb or two after a crappy game.

    But, for chrissakes, it was the first game of the pre season, cut him some slack. This is directed at the commetariat. 


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  55. Harani says:

    I just think this is being way blown out of proportion. Some morons who booed at the Bell Centre shouldn’t be given so much spotlight and importance. The media is effectively doing their job of making this seem like a big issue. Yes he did have a bad game and I think he knows it. Doesn’t have to be hammered in by asking lame questions. What would you have asked him anyways?

    Carey, what did you feel about the crowd’s response? How do you think you can do better in the next? What about your teammates, was it because of them? Same old question and Price would have given you the same old answer and people might have said “Oh look at him. He doesn’t seem to care.” This is totally ridiculous that this much is being put into this story. Then again, what was I thinking? This is Montreal. 

    Go Habs! Go Pricey! I am with you!

    “It must be love!”

  56. LA Loyalist says:

    Carey Price:

    “I’m sorry tonight didn’t go well. Maybe I was a bit nervous. I’m going to keep working hard and I’ll be ready for the season. Thanks and good night.”

    Explain to me what is so hard about the above. Really. I’d like to know.

  57. blu3chip says:

    You can’t really blame your goalie when you keep giving up the puck in your own zone.

    I hope I was in the game so I can beer shower those fans who boo-ed.

  58. oldrrty says:

    Thank you! However that is what happened to Carey last year and continues to happen to him to this day. The people that boo him are not helping the situation. Also, it is only the effing preseason!


    I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

  59. Habziefan09 says:

    Would love for someone to stand up and tell the boo birds in the Molson Ex section to Stay the F home.. that was disgraceful.. Halak is gone so get the F over yourselves.. To boo Price when he had rookies infront of him is asinine.. Give your freaking heads a shake… bunch of Marois Supporters!!!!




    Twitter: Habziefan09

    Confucius says: “Baseball has it all wrong, Man with 4 balls cannot walk!”

  60. HaloHabsFan says:

    I was at the infamous game when Price raised his arms to salute the fans – it was the Molson Ex zone as the primary culprit that time as well.

  61. HabsMitch says:

    And so it begins

  62. jrshabs1 says:

    I hope I’m wrong to. But, Sanford looked good lastnight and the team rallied in front of him, kinda reminded you of……. The boys looked great lastnight except for the fact they were down 4-0  on 9 shots against.

  63. says:

    Don’t give the media anything to talk about.  The game said it all. I’d be the same way.  We come out of the field on a tuff mission and the media would be all over us.  I’d send the boys to to their bunks, and quietly scare the bageezus out of whomever was around us.  Then they stopped bothering us. 

    Great game last night.  Rask was excellent.  The Habs made three mistakes and the Bruins scored.  That’s hockey for ya.  If you need Carey Price to tell ya that then it’s time to retire :)

    They Call Me Shane

  64. Fansincebirth says:

    I can see your point but in my opinion as a fan, I believe anything he would have said would have been used as ammunition against him, whether he tried to defend himself for poor play, sluff it off as just pre-season or cry foul for bad plays leading up to the goal.

    My point – he’s damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  65. Cam_1 says:

    I know you are being sarcastic….realistically he made 6 saves….lol …anyway bottom line ..lets reserve judgement till it’s for real. For all intense and purposes this was practice…Price should have made himself available for the media and pulled off an Iverson…and quoted “Practice” or “Pre-Season” 20 times…lol.

    Anyway relax …when it’s for real .. we will see what happens.

  66. The Cat says:

    True. But Dave Stubbs job is to report the game not give an opinion on it. I think the fans are worse than the media with regards to Price. They did trade the fan favourite, everyone had to expect some backlash.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  67. SmartDog says:

    I agree Cat.  And his being there to say it gives the same message… this was no big deal, talk to me when the game actually counts.  That would be the right thing to say.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  68. nightmare_49 says:



      Nashville Predators are intrigued by Sergei Kostitsyn’s potential


       By Josh Cooper • THE TENNESSEAN


    “I don’t expect to build Rome in a day, but he has intelligence as a player, and he has skill as a player,” Coach Barry Trotz said.

    “I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. He is a good player, strong on the puck when he wants to be. He just has to make sure he is making good decisions and using his skill so he can enhance his overall game,” Trotz said.

       (this post is for krob1000)


  69. HardHabits says:

    It’s just the pre-season my ass. This is Sparta people.

  70. Bob Dobbs says:

    Should Price have to respond to the media saying all the “right things”,
    the same old tired lines? Don’t we know what he would have said? Does
    the ignorant attitude of a minority of uncivilized Habs fans deserve a
    response from Price? Do they want one?

  71. HABZ24 says:

    plek was great, lappy too. we showed some grit trying to come back from 4 zip. ok price sucks we signed the wrong goalie, were screwed.

  72. ooder says:

    pathetic and disgusting.. and i am not talking about Price’s netminding.

    omg can you believe it that he was a little rusty after not palying hockey for over 3 months… what a shocker :O!!!!

    these pathetic “fans” (wow what a loose use of that word) have no right taking up seats at the bell center.

    management knows it wasn’t Price’s best game, his team mates know it and more importantly he knows it.

    booing like a bunch of morons doesn’t help.


    88 is the new 23

  73. Everlasting1 says:

    I’m in complete disagreement over Stubbs’ article – journalistic jackalism in itself. Context context context.

    First off, to blast the Bell Center fans (which go beyond the hecklers, drunks, and the uncouthe) as ‘idiotic’ is plain ignorant. They have every right to boo in voicing their displeasure. They are by far the majority supporters of this franchise and hockey in general, not to mention giving reporters/journalists something to report (albeit an incestuous relationship). The fans are now made to pay more to watch another (probable) lackluster season. Reminds one of politics, when the ‘unruly mobs’ and ‘unlawful disturbers of the peace’ ie. protesters, are made to be silenced and face ridicule by media. Could the disenfranchised fans, be in part, expressing disapproval of management and greedy owners?? Woah. That’s dangerous thinking outside the box.

     It’s preseason. Perhaps the parasitic media can wait for comments after a game of consequence. Didn’t think so.

    Comparing olympic gold medal winners and record holders to Price is, well..let’s just say it shatters the giggle-meter.

    Yes Stubbs, sometimes silence IS golden. And sometimes we see thru the facade of ‘reporting’.



    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  74. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I think Gill, Cammy and Josh were very clear sending a message to Our Meathead Fans (Anglo/Allo & Franco !) …the gratuitist booing of Carey effects the WHOLE Team, not only Carey …and, if the unnecessary booing gets worse, there will be more than a few of Our Players whom will stop playing for Us, the Fans

  75. ooder says:

    btw how was tinordi and leblanc?


    88 is the new 23

  76. Sheldon says:

    Couldn’t pick up the game tonight. Was Price the franchise or just french fries?


    BTW: Who gives a rat’s-ass damn ayway? The NHL is a freakin’ house league. We play 82 games to eliminate 13 other hockey teams and the Maple Leafs. All the Habs need to do is make the playoffs, get there with a healthy roster and good goaltending and another decent run is in store. This preseason stuff is nonsense!

  77. hirky says:

    Really..??  its a preseason game.  No goalie is going to stop every shot, or win every game.  Every goalie has off nights.  I know Jaro had off nights last season(and this season as he lost his STL debut) but for some reason it was NOT front page news last season.  I believe we would see the real Carey Price if the MTL media and fans had his back instead of trashing him at every turn.  The kid is good, he is the goalie of the future for the Habs.  He will come around.

  78. crabvader says:

    Both looked really comfortable. Leblanc stalked the net a few times and created opportunities while Tinordi, while not overtly physical, played a decent game and didn’t look like he had trouble skating with “faster” players.

  79. crabvader says:

    I really don’t understand why some fans would boo Price… Think about it this way, what do you accomplish by booing the guy who is our #1?

    Running him out of town gonna make anything better? NO. The answer is simple.

    Auld would then be #1? Ramo? Sanford? Really?

    Halak is gone. Just stop crying about it and move on. Say you do manage to run him out of town (and BOY should you EVER feel good about yourself… deserving of a lolly from momma) we then need to find a #1 goaltender. Who’s available besides nobody?

    Well see here, to get someone decent, we would need to give up something decent. Don’t come up to me with some crap about trading Hamr and AK or something. Do you seriously think trading guys like that will get us a Ryan Miller in nets? Simple answer to that one again (second paragraph, for those who need a clue).

    So if you are one of these hecklers, do yourself a favor and please use what’s left of your brain to process a logical thought. Booing Price or heckling him is probably the stupidest thing that you, as a fan, can possibly do.

    Good night.

  80. Yeats says:

    Dave: I didn’t watch the game and could care less about pre-season hockey. Hell, it’s tough for a thinking person to get worked up about the regular season for that matter. Yet, in shielding Price from the media after what was according to most a sub-par performance just makes him all the more vulnerable to criticism going forward. This campaign ends in and odd number so given the recent performance of the team, I am prepared for a very rocky run.

  81. JJR says:


    really…this article is exemplifies exactly what is wrong with the Habs…and it’s not Carey Price.

    you think he should give you cliches, he doesn’t, and you call him out…pathetic my friend…

    It’s a freakin pre-season game man…pre-season…what is wrong with you?

    if you love this team then you should be criticising the losers in the stands who boo their players…

    i hope this piece of crap article gets removed from the web site…

    the problem with the Habs is the media…period

    way to start the year off buddy

  82. SLONCOLD says:

    uhm i don’t think the majority are boo’ing but if you can’t handle a few heckling fans that could be a much bigger problem that the habs will have to address; not via trading but through coaching and helping price block out people in teh stands.

  83. crabvader says:

    Wowwwwwww, calm down there, BUDDY!

    The only thing wrong with the article, to me, is that Mr. Stubbs seems to have too much faith in people.

    I honestly think it wouldn’t make a difference to the general populace if he had talked to the media because no ones’ views would change; some fans like me, think it’s only the pre-season and seriously nothing to be worried about, considering it was basically trial and error from period 1 to period 3. Others are going nuts and predicting the end of the world as we know it.

    Stubbs is obviously saying that had Price spoken and explained the situation, it would obviously be good publicity for him… but I really don’t think it could’ve made it better or worse for that matter.

    You need to chill out and have a bit of respect. Stubbs has, in my opinion, great journalistic integrity and is one of the best at what he does, along with the rest of the crew at HI/O.

    You don’t like something? You can always leave and make your own Habs site (good luck with that, by the way).

    ” hope this piece of crap article gets removed from the web site…”

    I would say the same thing only it would be stated in reply to you and I would replace the word “article” with “post”.

    Get a life.

  84. crabvader says:


    What are you on about? When did I say majority of fans? When all you hear in the Bell Centre are a bunch of clowns cheering when Price makes a routine save, it is noticeable.

    I’m not talking about coaching or Price’s psyche right now… I’m trying to understand and maybe give some perspective to those on here who might be one of those hecklers.

    Thanks for taking my post way out to left field with ya though…

  85. SLONCOLD says:

    ya totally in left field no context at all. only a few fans but very noticeable.. almost making it sound like a minority…… you’re making a big deal out of a few hundred drunk fans booing… they have that right by the way beacause even those clowns pay for the players salaries; i don’t agree with it and wouldn’t boo my team.



  86. HotHabs says:

    so… a preseason nothing game would equal what in the pool for Davis?  a heat vs. a teammate?  big news there!

    give it a rest Stubbs :)

  87. Slovak says:

    “Jaroslav Halak made some nice saves early on but told me after the game he was disappointed he didn’t perform better in front of the home fans. This was the first time I got a sense this guy is feeling the pressure to live up to his performance of a year ago when the best thing he can do is just relax and go out and play. He was truly bothered with the way he played. He did tell me he’s never won the first exhibition game of the season.”

  88. hipster says:

    yep, I’m with many of the other on here…give it a rest Dave.


    it’s a freakin’ pre-season game!!!!!


    and we wonder why players don’t want to play here.


  89. The Cat says:

    It was a meaningless pre-season game only because the leafs won and the habs lost, cause yesterday when the leafs lost 5-0 it sure seemed like preseason was important…. But anyway, it is meaningless, sure Bergeron made Price look like a bantam goalie but Price couldve acknowledged his sucky performance with some humour afterwards just the same, so I agree with Dave Stubbs here. The kid cant be putting too much pressure on himself during preseason.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  90. Cam_1 says:

    In all honestly…break downs in front of him again…..the spacek giveaway that lead to a breakaway was not Price’s fault…and there were other breakdowns in front of the net too. Don’t get me wrong… overall it was a sub par performance …certainly all the goals were not his fault. My worst nightmare is coming true …. the minority drunk idiots at the Bell Centre will eventually run Price out of town……..and then mark my words….he will go on to be very successful somewhere else and come back to burn his old team and stick it to those very same idiotic fans. I pray he stays a Hab for a long time tho.


    PS: It was the first pre season game of the year …….better to get the kinks out now then when it is for real. As Hockey Canada’s slogan says…..”Relax ! It’s just a game”

  91. G-Man says:

    Their exhorbitant salaries makes the fans want to see a good effort. If they are too thin-skinned for criticism, they should be doing something else. Fans (every1 I have spoken with thinks trading Halak was a poor decision) who perceive a winning goalie and seeing the other fail have good reason to be vocal: high ticket prices ad $9 beer. The fans were booing management, not Price.


  92. jrshabs1 says:

    How about we all stop making excuses and call a spade a spade. Carey Price has lost the ability to play goalie at the NHL level. It happens. Carey Price is clearly not the goaltender he was 2 1/2 seasons ago. Maybe Curtis Sanford will become the new Jaro Halak..who knows?

  93. Fansincebirth says:

    Okay, so what was Price supposed to say?

    “Gee folks, maybe you, the fans were right and the Canadien’s management were wrong about which goalie to keep.”

    Give it a rest, he had some rusty moments. God, I wouldn’t want to be him. He’s going to be under a microscope all season long with the vulture fans and media just waiting for him to screw up so they can laugh, point and shake their collective heads and mutter a collective “I told you so”.

    Was there a collective “Thank God we didn’t keep him” when Halak lost the other night?

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  94. topher5468 says:

    I sure hope your wrong about that, He’s our guy and it will be a long season if he truely has lost it

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  95. The Cat says:

    He could have diminished the importance of the game and said: Well thats what preseason is for -to get the kinks ironed out, thats why the games dont count.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  96. AndyF says:

    I know this game is worth nothing in the grande scheme of things.  That said, Price couldn’t have sucked more.   What, 9 shots?… 5 from beyond the blue line.  He didn’t make a single save, did he? 



  97. RGM says:

    Yeah because Carey’s never won a World Junior Championship or Calder Cup with MVP honours in both or anything like that.

    Go Habs Go!

  98. larisalapointe says:

    Here’s a headline for you “Price and Halak, siamese twins, finally separated but neither can play well anymore without each other”

    Seriously the media neeeds to give up %s of their profits to Price because without him, they have no headlines.

    I would not have talked to the media either last night only with my middle fingers though. No matter how accommodating he is to the press, he still is criticized. I’m glad he has finally learned.

  99. RGM says:

    I think that Stubbs was right to write this article. Look at what happened out there in the first friggin pre-season game of the year – the idiots in the cheap seats were heckling the home team goalie trying to see if they could get a Roy redux out of him again. IN THE FIRST GAME OF THE PRE-SEASON!!!!! No points on the line, no playoffs race, nothing but a little exhibition to get people ready for the season. Carey wasn’t stellar last night, there’s no doubt about that, but to get him prepped for a good season of mockery and chicanery in the crowd on the first night of the pre-season is contemptible, and I’m glad that Stubbs expresses his with those idiots.

    Go Habs Go!

  100. Habby67 says:

    Sure it was only a presason game but Price is showing the same tendancies as last season, especially that goal from way out. No need to panic yet but I am not so sure he is going to instantly showing good habits once the season starts…

  101. Offensive DMan says:

    RGM, those were the minor leagues, this is now the NHL big time, so please don’t be bringing that stuff up.

    He does have a lot to prove, and fans have a right to be upset with what SHOULD have been a different statement night, with all the Habs have done to hand him the keys to the fort.  The statement made was not what fans were looking for.

    He has to produce here, now…. and what he did in Junior + AHL is history and only that.

  102. Everlasting1 says:

    Not at a pro level nor at the world stage.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  103. Bill J says:

    is history and only that ?

    Only because it suits your thought process about him.

    When we are discussing Price and how he can handle “pressure” NHL or minor leagues is the same thing.

    That WJC ?  Was about as pressure filled as a Cup Final.

    It is not history and only that…

    Find something else to be grumpy about, this was ONE preseason game.

  104. Bill J says:

    Why does Price have to tell the media what EVERYONE already knows ?

    Would that not be about the same thing as saying nothing at all ?


  105. Everlasting1 says:

    More ignorance. ‘Idiots in the cheap seats’? ARE there cheap seats? You presume to know where the boos were coming from? They were from EVERYWHERE, so stop with the stereotyping.


     “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  106. Bill J says:

    “talk to me when the game actually counts.  That would be the right thing to say”

    He DID say that, by not saying anything at all !!!


  107. quentin_stuckley says:

    i don’t think you can speak for the booers unless you were one of them.  booing the management could be a good idea, but when fans vocalize their distaste for the club when the puck touches ONE particular player, then they are booing that player.  if the fans really wanted to show disapproval for the club, they’d picket the bell centre, or sound a cacophony of boos when asked to pay nine dollars for that beer.  that way Price will realize that it’s not HIM they are booing and understand he’s got the support of the whole collective fan base.

  108. athanor says:

    If Stubbs were writing the game story, your complaint might be valid, but he wasn’t. Hickey did that.

    Stubbs wrote a column, which by its very nature expresses opinions.

  109. Chuck says:

    The goal from way out… you mean the screen shot from the point that he couldn’t see for all of the bodies in front of him?

  110. Chuck says:

    “Idiots in the cheap seats” is a euphemism. It’s not to meant to be taken literally.

  111. 23 HABS 23 says:

    FIrst of all jrshabs1 … this was the 1st pre-season game for the Canadiens – after last season (and having the crowd jeer him every chance they got) … I am sure he was feeling the pressure to perform – and granted, it was a bad night for him – give him a chance to settle back into the pressure cooker we call the Bell center.

    And for the IDIOTS that want to boo him for a poor outing in net … your logic is dumbfounding – you want him to perform badly and fail – and when he does and you get what you want – why boo.  You should be cheering you morons!

    Finally, jrshabs1, I will follow your advice.  I will stop making excuses and call a spade … you are a horrible evaluater of NHL goaltending talent and you should maybe just sit back and watch some Habs hockey for a while and let those Halak wounds heal a little before you Crucify Price!

    And to steal a quote from your post – “Maybe Curtis Sanford will become the new Jaro Halak”   Well I for one pray that never happens, I hope for so much more for Sanford and would not wish to settle for Halak grade goaltending.  Halak has never played an entire season (he does not have the stamina to do so in my opinion) – so let’s keep an eye on your boy in St. Louis this year – Should be interesting at the very least! 

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  112. VintageFan says:

    Any way we could trade a few fans? 

    Just a thought

  113. Everlasting1 says:

    Don’t to try to excuse him. We all know that he was stereotyping the poor class of ‘undesirables’.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  114. nunacanadien says:

    Or how about the one Newsorld replayed all morning of the classic floater shot over Price’s glove, one on one, and I don’t think it was even a backhand.  Was a good move to deke him out though in all fairness to Price.  You have to admit, he did look in good shape though, so it should be a good start once Price gets his feet under him.

  115. spcbrass says:

    There were plenty of idiots in the expensive seats adding fuel to the fire as well.  And it’s not only the drunken fans that act this way, plenty of sober people up there with me.  It’s only a matter of time until they boo the kid out of town and straight to a cup contender.

  116. nunacanadien says:

    Well the Juniors are well, juniors, what Price is facing and what he had a hard time beating was Pronger, Ovechkin, Crosby, Bergeron, and a host of bigger faster pro stars who showed Price where his weaknesses were at the All Stars if I remember, and the league has basically exploited those weaknesses successfully the past two years since.

  117. nunacanadien says:

    I think your support of Price all but diminishes the team ethic Gauthier was talking about, in that all the emphasis is on Price. In fact Sandford and Auld are probably just as superior, given that Price has a confidence problem.  The team already showed it can play with Sanford already.  Next we wait to see if they will also play for Auld.  How many goalies do we have to play to show you fans and managment that the habs players are just not supporting a stay at home goalie.  No one likes a stay at home goalie, they never clear the puck, make you do all the hard work, and most of all lets people walk into their stay at home net to take quality shots.  We can’t always blame the d-men for letting a quality shot go on net, the goalie has the job to diminish the shot as much as possible and a stay at home goalie all but gives you the classic floater over the glove and over the shoulder floater goals which are Carey Price’s classic trademark now.

  118. Duracell3 says:

    Have you ever seen the SO he had in teh WJC? Not exactly his finest moment.


    The boos aren’t the culmination of ONE presaeson game, it’s the general feeling in this city, which is unfortunate because I think it will only hurt the motivation of this goaltender to play here.


    Personally, I didn’t even care about Price last night, the worst thing for me was seeing Conboy in that sweater and our abysmal defense.

  119. matraque says:

    Cool.  I honestly cannot wait for the domination!


    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  120. badangel says:

    Dave I really like you as a writer but I think
    that by posting this you have created a sh!tstorm when there needn’t be
    one. Everyone keeps droning ON and ON about how it’s pre-season and a
    meaningless first game – it’s rather hypocritical to post this “comment”
    about Price and ONLY Price.

    Hockey is a team sport and a whole
    game was played by an ENTIRE team yet all that is mentioned in the
    aftermath of this is Price. It’s WAY too early in the season to start
    adding fuel to the fire and open up an obviously sensitive and touchy
    issue of goaltending since last year.

    We ALL know where things go
    with respect to the goalie issue and I think that as a media person this
    “comment” is totally inappropriate and selfish as you, as a writer,
    don’t get the soundbite you may want. I’m really disappointed as I see
    this article as calling the dogs (troll type fans) on to Price when it
    really isn’t warranted at this point of the season – especially when
    it’s induced by the media.


    MAYBE Price (and team) saw this
    game for what it is.. meaningless in the scheme of the season .. and
    DIDNT want to make a big deal out of NOTHING (ie meaningless game) – why
    make a mountain out of a mole hill…. ah but WAIT the media can do it
    for you.


    I’m so disappointed as a reader of HIO and a fan of the Habs for the reaction to Price.

  121. badangel says:

    I’m sorry somebody had to say it


    better to get rid of idiotic “all jerk habs fans are francos”


    wtf is wrong with ppl on this site. I swear the crazy has moved straight to the journalists! WTF!

  122. Bob Dobbs says:

    Let’s put the blame where the blame belongs – against the fans who would prefer to express their own anger and negative emotions and run players out of town rather than actually help their team win. Yes, Price should have talked to the media–he should have clearly, calmly stated that it’s unfortunate a small minority of fans choose not to encourage his success, in the sense that he might be able to tune their rubbish attitude out but their attitude remains stupid, plus for all he knows it could potentially negatively affect his team mates, it could potentially encourage the opposing team, it could potentially discourage free agents from signing to Montreal, and it could potentially severely irritate the rest of the fans.

  123. RJB says:

    And now the racist idiots come out to play…good time to call it a night, do us all a favour and don’t post here any more. We don’t need your hate filled words.

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  124. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    don’t mean to sound like a racist idiot just frusterated with our teams fans…the funny thing is we’re still cheering for the same squad just in different ways lol I for one don’t think we should BOO our starting goalie during a pre season game or ever for that matter…i’d love for any of you to try what Carey does with little to no support

  125. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I think we’re overreacting and making a big deal after one lousy preseason game. That’s why they play them. Please do not judge, condemn or criticize. Leave that for Leaf-nation.

  126. Habby67 says:

    Mainly because Halak has showed that he could carry the team on his shoulders when we had no business winning. I cannot recall one game last season where Price did the same. We can handle the crappy games but once in a while we would like to see Price dominate….

  127. Habsrule1 says:

    Disagree on this one Stubbs.

    Sometimes you need to pick your spots. A pre-season game after some fans decided to boo when it really wasn’t all Price’s fault is not the time to send him out to answer questions. Would you, or any of us have been happy with a bunch of cliche answers? there was no way he could address the issue of the fans anyway, and there was no reason to make a big deal out of a pre-season game, which inevitably would have happened.

    The Habs, or Price was right not to feed this non-story.

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  128. habsman-itoba says:

    My favourite part:

    “We all got his back and we’re all supporting him,” said Habs forward Mike Cammalleri in defence of his goaltender. “No one in here is booing him, so if everyone wants to identify with this team, we’re all supporting him so jump on board.”

    Sure, he stunk.  In the Preseason.  But he’s our goalie, and I gotta love him.   Does booing really help anything? 

  129. RJ says:

    As I have always said, Price is a head case.

  130. Captain aHab says:

    I honestly don’t see what he would have had to gain by answering questions: the folks who hate him would continue to hate him regardless of what he said.

  131. VintageFan says:

    As Casey Stengel would say, “deja vu all over again”.  Gauthier & Martin are looking more and more like Houle & Tremblay.  Expect a blockbuster blunder any day now!! 

  132. Geoff F says:

    The more i read all the posts the clearer it becomes that Price CAN’T win in this game of fans/media scrutiny.  If he comes out and talks he will get ripped because that is what the journalists/fans are looking for (THE SOUNDBITE THAT SELLS PAPER OR DRIVES TRAFFIC).  If he doesn’t come out then people slag him for not coming out and for him shirking his responsibilities to fans that pay his salary (THE LACK OF SOUNDBITE THAT DEPRIVES SALES AND WEB TRAFFIC WHICH GENERATES DERISIVE MEDIA/FAN COMMENTARY TO ONCE AGAIN DRIVE SALES/TRAFFIC) .  NO DECISION HE MAKES WILL EVER BE SATISFACTORY TO EVERYONE…EVER!  THere will always be supporters and detractors, people who are happy or sad by the decisions, and they all have a voice (Whether we like it or not it).  Bottom line is he or the team has the right to handle this in a fashion they feel best manages the situation.  Carey is a grown up and will do what he needs to do to manage his emotions and remain focused. 

    I only hope that he is not run out of town and that he realizes the potential that we all know he has.  So, if he decided not to meet the media that’s fine because i’m sure he had a valid reason and he doesn’t need to explain himself to me or anyone.  if the team/coaching staff/owners support that decision it’s good enough for me.  Nobody here owns “CAREY PRICE” and so while we may want to will our opinions/will on to him the reality is “Too bad our opinion is as relevant to Carey as he want’s it to be”.  

    On Friday, i will once again sit in front of the TV to hope and cheer him and the rest of the team on, and hope for a successful balanced season to come.  That will NOT CHANGE until something outside my control forces that change.  It was the case with Halak, Roy, Koivu  etc… and every other player on this team and will continue to be the case. 

    Agree/disagree, so what!

    Go Habs Go!

  133. oshawahabsfan says:

    Get off your high horse Dave, his job is to play hockey, not talk to you guys. I’m sure you could have covered oh I don’t know, the game perhaps rather than adding fuel to the fire in the first preseason game.

  134. Dave Stubbs says:

    Here’s the thing, in what will be my only reply to any comment left here:

    Since before he arrived with the Canadiens, I’ve been a supporter of Carey Price. I think he’s got a fine future as an NHL goaltender, which I hope is in Montreal. He and I get along wonderfully; an athlete doesn’t give you a cell number unless you do.

    But last night, Price should have been available if even for a minute or two to speak to reporters on deadline whose job it is to THOROUGHLY cover the Canadiens. And last night, Price was a huge part of the story.

    Whether it was his call not to talk or the club making that judgment on his behalf, he should have been available. That is part of the responsibility of being a professional athlete, especially when you play the unique position of goaltender in Montreal.

    None of this changes the way I feel about Price. He’s a well-paid athlete who will chart his own course with or without my help, or that of ANY journalist or long-distance analyst or fan.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
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  135. Hobie Hansen says:

    It’s a complete joke – the way the fans behave in the Bell Centre. Who are these idiots? You speak to fans out on the streets and beside the water cooler and everyone loves the Canadiens and supports the team.

    Then, you tune into a game and you hear people booing one of our own. It’s great having the wildest and most passionate fans in the game but at the same time they can be the biggest jerks to watch the game.

    Be it booing the American anthem, Patrice Briesbois and now Carey Price, it makes me sick to be associated with them at times.

    I’m just as frustrated with Price as everyone else but I pull for him and when I’m in attendance I cheer him on no matter what the score is.


  136. habby27 says:

    its getting obviously that Halak and Price are both the wrong choice to be the Habs Goalie. Maybe we need rick Dipietro or nabokov or some old vet who has been around the league. Like the kid is 23. Half the people that are booing him are probably twice his age and would never have the talent to play a pro sport.

    Ya, how bout we throw our young goalie who just had a shitty game to the media dogs of montreal… ya that would have been good


  137. J Haul says:

    I’m blown away that you somehow managed to type outside of the little text box. neat-o

  138. nunacanadien says:

    Stubbs, I’ve been a life-long habs fan, can you ask a question on my behalf of Gauthier or the Molsons which ever comes first.  The question is “How long do we have to wait for Carey Price to become the star he has been touted to be?”  and the other is “How long do we have to wait for Carey Price?”.  With the last sentence I am asking both the management who knows more than we do about Price, but also that to Price fans.  How many losses are acceptible before we realize that we are waiting?  And what are we waiting for exactly again?  Stubbs you said Price has a future, it is that future I am asking about.  So how long do the habs have to lose, how many seasons do we expect to lose under Price before he emerges as the star he has been billed to be?

  139. Everlasting1 says:

    A story is only as big as YOU make it. Sure, pro athletes are required to ‘indulge’ the media once in a while, but they don’t need the constant attention 24/7.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  140. pic1983 says:

    “But last night, Price should have been available if even for a minute or two to speak to reporters on deadline whose job it is to THOROUGHLY cover the Canadiens. And last night, Price was a huge part of the story.”

    I really dont like that statement.  Basically you wanted nothing other than a quote from carey to put in your story and make your deadline? That’s ridiculous and selfish.  Dont say that Carey and the habs made a mistake of not making him available just because YOU and your colleagues wanted a quote for your deadline stories.

    The Pre-season is about prospects, and guys fighting for roster spots.  Those are the guys who deserved the medias attention last night.  It’s their time to shine.  They should be the focus.  But of course, to you media types, getting a few quotes out of Carey, who is notoriously emotional when the fans are on him,  for you to take out of context is more important.  The loss doesnt go in the loss column for the regular season, and Careys personal numbers from last night dont count.  The prospects who played their heart out are the story, not Carey price letting in 4 goals on 10 shots in a game that was no more meaningful than a scrimmage. 

     Usually I have a lot of respect for you, but I’m sorry to say, you’re being ridiculous on this one. 

  141. pic1983 says:

    Maybe if the habs scored more than a 5th WORST in the league 2.52 goals per game last year, we wouldnt need a goalie who is next coming of St Patrick.

  142. ManApart says:

    Why do you insist on telling the reporters and fans what the story should be? The story is what people are interested in analysing or talking about. Price has become the #1 goaltender by default after last year’s starter and hero was shipped out of town in a very controversial and unpopular move. His first game after that move, especially since it was not a good one, is a very big story and an interest to most fans. If it is not a story to you then fine, but to most of us it is, so I don’t think you need to tell reporters or fans what to be interested in.

  143. saskhabfan says:

    This coming from a schmuk who likes to tell everybody what their opinions should be. Did you have any genuine interest in comments from halak when he costed his team a win due to 2 softies a couple nights ago? Of course not. But you like halak so much,you would think you would be interested in hearing his comments.


    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  144. ManApart says:

    You’re clueless as usual. I only heard of halak’s start the day after and was very interested in hearing what had happened. So your point is a waste, just like your posts.

  145. bp says:

    Dave, can you do some media consulting with the Habs. This was entirely predictable and the team is just too stubborn to deal with it properly. 

    Seriously, a goaltender with a reputation as being immature and unprepared is quoted through TSN tweets saying “relax, chill out, we have lots of time” to the fans.  

    The coach who started Carey when he didn’t have to is quoted as saying he doesn’t worry about things he can’t control like the fans reaction. 

    I know they believe in Price, but give him some help!


  146. samthemacman says:

    Price is a bust. Watch the pressure mount. The fans will continue the
    assault of boos simply because he has never ever earned the starter
    role, and when had it he could not hold it. He is a flop. A dud. A bust.
    Everyone knows it but the hockey experts, the Habs brain trust, and
    some media types. 

    Watch and see as the assault continues he will
    crumble under the emotional pressure, and will be toast by Christmas. 
    After that he will no longer be salvageable.  He may not even end up as a
    good back up to another team. He may wash out completely.

    comes across as a not caring individual, in his play and attitude in
    general.  Every game I watch with him in net I am waiting for him to
    lose focus, be bailed out by his defense, and choke miserably on a
    scoring opportunity from some distance away.  It seems he cannot be
    trusted to make a key stop and has a lack of focus on the play either in
    his end or in the other end, especially when there is a break out
    coming back to his end.

    He is a bust. An overrated draft pick that no one on the Habs want to admit was a mistake.


  147. Geoff F says:

    While you are at it….any ideas about which lottery numbers for this weekend?

    Wouldn’t want to be around you when the going get’s tough.  Yikes.


  148. Cam_1 says:

    You got all that from one meaningless exibition game ? wow ????

  149. christophor says:

    haha. this made me laugh. you gave me a good break from research. thanks.

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