On the farm with Price, Chipchura

Interesting piece by John Kernaghan in today’s Hamilton Spectator on Carey Price and Kyle Chipchura.


  1. idle says:

    I get it, so Melanson only started working with Price once he got to the Habs? Give me a break…

  2. Chuck says:

    They started the year playing well. They were even ahead of us in the standings at one point.

    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  3. Vecs says:

    Definitely. I can’t think of any two other players that would take this with a better attitude. Two rookies with the mindset of veterans.

  4. FeverBoy says:

    Be positive fellow habs fans, this is the magic of our organization at work. dont get me wrong I like both these kids a lot. They both show some serious potential and great attitude. Chipchura is a warrior, and Price can be the next coming and im not sure if its the plan, but this is a very serious test and challange for the two. Itll show the true drive of these guys. Money down, they both will be back, fire in there eyes before the end of this season..

  5. Vincent is possible says:

    No It wasn’t an issue, but as you pointed out it was “early in the season”. Melanson hadn’t ruined him yet with his butterfly school of goaltending.

    Just a nother thought… If Brisbois was the Defense coach I’m sure it would take at least seven games to ruin guys like Komisarek and Markov too


  6. Hot_Pie says:

    I really do hope Price learns to stop going on his knees so quickly. Hopefully he grows out of that reflex and soon. Glad he got the win though, that should get his confidence going.

  7. Jonnyboy says:

    Not that I am on either side. But that was early, the coaching wouldn’t have been as evident.

    I really want to watch some old highlights of when he was winning. I want to see if he went down as often as we did when he stated loosing.

  8. Chuck says:

    As a rule, The Bulldogs only sell the lower bowl tickets at Copps Coliseum. The best seats in the house are $25 plus tax, but there are a number of different discount options available: Family Packs, senior and student rates, etc.


    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  9. Bill H says:

    Thanks for the update on the prospects. I’ve been wondering about Lahti. He is not scoring much. It would be nice if him and Valentenko both developed their games.

    So how much are good tickets to the game?

  10. calvee123 says:

    I was wondering why Price wasn’t getting any starts, for such a long span. It is no wonder he wasn’t sharp when he did play. Then again he was slowly falling off. I think he really needed to go to the farm and get games in and get sharp again. It will build his character and get his game back. I am glad that Huet has played reasonably well and allowed the Canadiens the chances to win each game he has played in.

  11. Shiloh says:

    I attended the game last night in Hamilton – a first for me as I live in Thunder Bay. Price was on his knees long before every shot got to him – it is now an automatic reflex action. This will hurt him big time if he doesn’t get rid of the habit soon.

    Janne Lahti can really skate – he could make it. Chipchura was good. D’Agostini was fast, but didn’t do much except score the winner in overtime. I think Valentenko has an upside – he could be a sleeper.

    Overall, too many of the Bulldogs are slow and Binghampton won most of the battles – even though the shots on goal favoured Hamilton heavily.

    Went out for dinner before the game and had a couple of beer at the game – whole cost including dinner, ticket and drinks was maybe $60. Great entertainment for a very reasonable price.

  12. Bill H says:

    Glad your getting the idea. Your opinions much of the time are not very well thought out and are promoting your own favouritism towards a particular player rather than hoping for the best for the team. You can be overwhelmingly negative, which can be tiresome after awhile. Maybe Price will lead the team into the playoffs, maybe he won’t. What’s important is that someone leads us into the playoffs.

    Both Chipchura and Price are showing great attitude which will serve them well in their careers. They are intent on making the most of their stay in Hamilton, rather than sulking and complaining.

  13. JF says:

    The comments from Price and Chipchura show that they’re reacting to this move with the right attitude. They will work hard in Hamilton and come back as better players. I don’t think either sees this as a demotion, simply as a necessary part of their development. I’m sure they both have great NHL careers ahead.

  14. N.B.habs fan says:

    Thanks Suleman,you took the words right out off my mouth………..

  15. T-roy West says:

    I was thinking the same thing Sulemaan.

  16. Sulemaan says:

    When Price was playing well early in the season going 5-1-1 against tough teams (Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Toronto) was Melanson’s coaching an issue then. Just a thought…

  17. Jonnyboy says:

    From the guys point of view, obviously they aren’t happy getting demoted, its a demotion. No one is happy with that. However they know why they are getting it and they know that it will help them over the long run. They might hang their heads for the first little bit, but then they should work hard and they will be called back up after they get the ice time and practice they need.


    Ok. I’m wrong for stating my opinions which are always foolish right.

    Heaven forbid that anyone else makes foolish coments.



    Maybe I will check back when Price leads the Habs into the Playoffs…

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