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Clay is taking a massive step by admitting that Price is playing well. Let’s not ask too much of him by trying to get him to admit that Price wasn’t the worst player in the league last year.
No, Price’s play last year was NOT that good. Allowing a deflating soft goal pretty much every game was what turned a good effort into a poor one.
This year, he has allowed fewer deflating goals.
it is interesting that many posters are so obsessed with the leafs who have been insignificant for the most part of 4 decades…many times a leaf win is more beneficial for the habs than a lose
Price played liek Price last night…the Price that took the league by storm his first year…he played big, he challenged shooters at the top of the crease and made them hit him in the chest. He looks confident was squaring up and hustling to the open ice outside the paint to challenge shooters and it was fantastic to see. The D needs to be responsible though when he plays liket hat because it means rebounds and loose pucks become more dangerous but last night was great…..on the flip side when he challenges it menas more pucks hit him in the breadbasket and those are the ones he shouldn;t leave rebounds on. Shots that would find holes and corners looked harmless last night and his aggressive play was a big reason. If Price does not play like that he makes the fact he is a big guy irrelevant but when he challenges his size becomes very intimidating and difficult ot combat.
Price when he struggles plays deep and has to scramble, lets the puck play him and then starts overcommitting and scrambling…and Price is not cut out for the scrambling…Tim Thomas or Dom Hasek he is not. A hybrid between a Brodeur and a Giguere is probably where he should try and be…Brodeur plays a hybrid style and Giguere relies on angles and size…Price is still two years behind Halak and perople forget that but Price with confidence is a very,very good gaolie. Halak is too but I still think the decision was the right one…all things considered….I know nobody that is a Halak fan cares about the salary implications or the years to UFA, the size, the age,etc but they all matter (especially wtih some of the deals we have onour books) and in retrospect I would make the same trade.
Burke is gonna say “In Vancouver, my goalies never called out their teammates.”
“It must be love!”
Lecavalier has become injury-prone and is not what he once was, either injuries taking their toll or his general soft attitude taking hold. Gagne is on IR and no one knows when he’ll be back or if he’ll be useful when he is back. After Hedman and Ohlund, they have a soft D corps and still only St. Louis and Stamkos can reliably produce, Downie is a wild card because of his attitude and antics.
Their O will be built around Stamkos but that will also mean he will get targeted, he won’t get the space he’s getting all year I suspect, Ovechkin rarely gets an inch to move these days compared to his earlier seasons. Stamkos will not always have the oppourtunities he has now.
- I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
Stamkos has now scored an outrageous 30% of Tampa’s goals.
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