Price has a concussion

Carey Price will not play against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Or in Carolina Thursday or against the Leafs on Saturday.
The Canadiens have announced that Price has been diagnosed with a “mild concussion” by team doctor David Mulder.
The goaltender is out for what little remains of the season.
And it is likely Price will not be a member of Team Canada for the world championships.
Price was injured in a collision with David Desharnais, of all people, during the Canadiens’ practice on March 20.
He has made four starts – including two on the road, with air travel – since the injury.
Price did not report the headaches he’s had to the club until Monday.
Price finishes the season with a 26-28-11 record. He had a GAA of 2.43 and a save percentage of 91.6.
The goaltender’s contract expired at the end of this season.
If he does not sign by July 1, Price will become a restricted free agent.


  1. alwayssunny says:

    It’s tough new for us as these are vital games and they won’t be nearly as exciting without Carey, especially if we have leads heading into the 3rd period.
    Good call though if he is having headrushes. Time for him to sit back, throw a Garth Brooks CD on, roll a fatty, and try to forget about another season of not living up to expectations.

  2. Kfourn says:

    For those saying Price is average, I present you this as food for thought….I know, I know statistics aren’t a big thing here at HIO but:

    Price- In NHL at 19yo – first 5 seasons – 271 GP, .916 SV%, 2.56 GAA
    Roy – In NHL at 19/20yo – first 5 seasons – 240GP, .907 SV%. 2.84GAA
    Brodeur – in the NHL at 19/20yo – first 5 seasons 235GP, .907SV%, 2.48GAA

    Not even saying that I believe that GAA and SV% are good stats to measure a goaltenders performance (as so many people like to do) because they don’t take into account quality of shot and the defence in front of them. But all this to say RELAX he’s still young.

    • B says:

      Not that this is what you are trying to do, but I don’t think we can compare looking forward on Price to looking back on Roy or Brodeur. We will really have to wait until much nearer the end of Price’s career in order to look back and properly compare him to Roy or Brodeur. Price does have a lot of potential to compare favourably, time will tell how his career actually pans out. He is off to a good start.

      I think that GAA is more of a team stat, while save% is more of a goalies stat. Save% is by no means the perfect stat to measure a goalies performance, but it seems to be the best one out there right now. I also believe that save% is better for comparing two goalies who play on the same team than for comparing two goalies who play on different teams. Unfortunately, I can’t think of a better stat to use to compare two goalies on different teams, even though you have to take it with a grain of salt.

    • habsnyc says:

      roy first five seasons:
      cup, conn smythe, 3 jennings, 2 first team allstar, one second team allstar

      calder 2 second team all star 2 jennings

      comparing gaa from that era to this era is misleading and silly.
      look where roy and price were ranked in the NHL rel where price is ranked. price is not in the same universe as them.

      Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

    • Cal says:

      Have a look back and compare how many goals were being scored during those times. The GAA can’t compare.

    • The Gonk says:

      Price is very good but he isn’t in Roy and Brodeur’s realm- at least at this stage of his NHL career. I haven’t seen Price produce a performance that even comes close to the 1986 Roy, especially the overtime stunner against the Rangers in game 3 (I was lucky enough to be there that night). Halak did some astonishing things 2 years ago which was comparable to Roy. Anyway, Carey is nevertheless already solid but it remains to be seen whether at the critical moments with a decent team sometime in the future he will realize his potential. I think he will though.

  3. steve17 says:

    The new Gm will get all the core restricted free agents signed like Price, Subban and Eller. The Habs will hopefully end up with at least the 2nd overall pick and hopefully, if the new CBA does not provide a onetime contract buyout that does not count against the cap, they will stick Gomez in Hamilton. Gomez should have accepted the trade to the Islanders. Since he did not, the Habs should stick him in Hamilton.

    I hope they trade Gionta and Kaberle and if possibe the rights to Moen. If they could get a 3rd or 4th roud pick for his rights it would be nice. Campoli and Nokelainen should also be gone. That would free up plenty of cash even if the cap goes down.

    They have tried Eller on the wing and he just isn’t as effective there. If the Habs do get a big centre and they keep Plekanec, why not try him on the wing?


  4. Old Bald Bird says:

    Flax is supposedly very good for the heart. I take three capsules in the morning. And I dun wanna here know arguments about Salmon or Omega either.

  5. frontenac1 says:

    Changing gears, Sterling Ont to host Kraft Hockeyville next year!

  6. HabsFanMTL says:

    who’s this Brisebois everyones talking about, not patrice? the defenseman???

  7. adamkennelly says:

    when are we expecting the new GM to be hired? right after the end of the regular season?

  8. matt jordan says:

    Timothy13’s line of “Carey Price is an average goalie, no question or argument about his status, please” is one of my favourite posts of all time.

    • Kfourn says:

      I think it should be a poll question…and then there be no places to tick off to answer.

    • VintageFan says:

      Really? The “I know this will no doubt cause flax” is outstanding! I am willing to bet that it is the first “grain” reference ever posted on HIO. Rumpelstiltskin would be proud

      • matt jordan says:

        How about using the concussion excuse to send Price to the curb?

        An excellent reason I must say to remove the best asset in the organization and let him become a free agent.

        Hopefully the new GM will resist that urge, but I hope Ray Shero takes a gander at that post and sends Crosby packing.

    • naweed235 says:

      Price is slightly and I mean barely over average. People throw the term “great” too loosely around.
      Roy was great. Brodeur was great.
      Price? Good

      • VintageFan says:

        Are you old enough to remember Roy’s first years??? He let in so many bloopers that fans actually wanted “Redlight” Racicot. Brodeur has had the luxury of playing behind 5 defenders for most of his career.
        Great is determined at the end of a career, not the beginning. Just ask Jim Carey

        what goes around comes around

      • matt jordan says:


        You’re right, Price is good, but he has the potential for great.

        If you think Price is “barely over average” than I suggest you look at his statistics, all star appearances, solid junior career, and even try watching some Canadiens games and you’ll see that Price is the Canadiens best player and MVP.


        • naweed235 says:

          yaaaa…. Nooooo…. I’ve done all that and I still think he is a “good goalie” and not a great goalie. The only difference between me and you might be that I try to look at it with a skeptic eye and not with Hab colored glasses.
          – His statistics: 20th in the league? Average
          – All star appearances: Like I said before, it’s like bragging about that “Bravo” sticker your primary school teacher used to put on your homeworks. Other than the fact that they are fan balot systems, every team needs to have a representative and unfortunately for us, Price was the closes one to being good on the team.
          – Solid junior career? ok I give you that but all that is worth nothing when your greatest accomplishment in the NHL is 1 playoff round won.
          – Watching Candiens games? unfortunately I have yet to miss one for the last 10 yrs or so…
          Cheers to you

          • ont fan says:

            Say what you want about Price…put him up for trade and you will have 25 suitors…the only ones who think he is average are Habs fans.

          • habsnyc says:

            when price is selected as a first team all-star or wins a vezina or jennings or conn smythe or is even nominated for a vezina then it will be worthwhile to discuss if he is great. to be great though, he will have to win an important game as a professional.

            Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

          • thirdstone says:

            That you’re even talking about the fact that he could have had playoff success BEFORE the age of 22-23 is an acknowledgement that he’s in elite company. Most players (and even more so with goalies) do NOTHING by 23, 24, let alone are they called upon to be responsible for a team’s playoff success. The fact of the matter is that Price has incredible skill, technique, and over the past years, consistency (how many times has he been pulled this year? 0. 4 shutouts and 20th place stats on a 28th place team? Good year. He is not YET a great goalie, but to deny that everything is pointing towards him becoming one is dishonest. He will probably be great. If you were to build a franchise around a goalie in the NHL, he is the number 1 option in terms of current skill, youth, and upside.

            Also, how can you just write off his junior success? No goalie has had a more successful junior career. Ever. Wikipedia it, no goalie has one more awards before reaching bro. It’s astounding that you manage to doubt this young goalie in spite of all of this.

      • sampson12 says:

        I partied with Carey over all-star weekend and he is an above average dancer and not just a good lad, but a “great” lad. That’s what’s important.

  9. theox_8 says:

    I made a bet last night with a co-worker that if Van wins the cup this year ill shave my head, he countered with “if montreal wins the cup ill shave mine”. that cheeky sob lol

  10. Kfourn says:

    Brian Gionta will be the tallest person in the NHL next year. No arguments or statistics, please.

  11. mdp2011 says:

    The one person I really had reservations about becoming GM was Damphouse, luckily he pulled himself out of the running.

  12. LNev says:

    Habs will make the playoffs this year. Please no arguments.

  13. FlyingFrenchie says:

    Let’s trade Price for a goalie who can score goals? (head shaking).
    Erik Cole playing way outside his potential and being an abject failure?
    Absolutely brilliant! Now pass me the bong!

  14. New says:

    Do you all suppose it is Boone who posts off the wall comments on nothing? You know. The ones like Price is average, Halak is god, Carbonneau is super, Damphousse should be GM?

    Or is there just a terminal left unsecured at a Boston penitentary?

  15. Chuck says:

    Brisson as GM with BriseBois his assistant GM. Now THAT would be interesting!

    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Or vice-versa? I doubt either of them want to be assistants. Go Habs Go!! Who else might make a good assistant for one of them?

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

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Very nice ring to it Chuck. I know a bit about Brisbois but not that much about Brisson.

  16. Mattyleg says:

    Erik Cole is playing way outside his potential and will be an abject failure in years to come.

    No argument or statistics to counter this, please.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  17. 24 Cups says:

    Some people were talking about Malcolm Subban getting picked by Tampa or the Habs. I can’t see that happening.

    There are three teams that will be selecting in the 18-23 range and at least one of them would probably want to choose a goalie.

    Those teams are Phoenix, Columbus and New Jersey. Chicago and San Jose may also be in the mix before Tampa.

    • TomNickle says:

      Subban is a wild card to this draft.

      He is likely the most gifted athlete in it and there isn’t a goaltender in the World other than him who is a projected first round pick.

      You can try to determine team need but at the end of the day we’re all guessing, especially with Malcolm Subban.

      Phoenix has a very small amount of offensive skill among their prospects, Columbus needs help everywhere except the centre position and the Devils have a ton of holes too with only Larsson and Henrique being bright spots among young players.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Tom – My only point is that Phoenix might want to make a “Price like move” just as the Habs did.

        Columbus really needs a high-end goalie prospect and a draft centred around Yakupov/Subban would be pretty solid.

        New Jersey is on the clock with Brodeur. Drafting Subban would be a no-brainer for them.

    • steve17 says:

      I’ve read the Leafs want to draft him with thier first round pick


  18. christophor says:

    Mayer isn’t making the bigs.

    Call me crazy, but I’ve been confident Delmas will make it to the NHL since they signed him before the 10/11 season. I think he’ll win the starter’s role in Hamilton next year, stick around Hamilton for the 13/14 season, then sign a new contract as Price’s backup for 14/15.

  19. Ali says:

    Damphousse takes himself out of the running for GM due to family reasons, as per Renaud Lavoie. End of Roy speculation? Who else would want to work with him?

    • 24 Cups says:

      That’s kind of funny seeing that he probably was never in the running to begin with considering his total lack of experience.

      His points about this year’s team are valid but he needs to pay his dues and start getting a job that will see him work his way up the ladder. He needs to call Kirk Muller for advice.

      • Ali says:

        I’d say the same thing about Carbo too. Stop sitting on your ass on RDS and get an AHL head coaching gig like Kirk did. Otherwise nobody will hire him until Gainey gets another GM job somewhere by some miracle.

        • 24 Cups says:

          It’s funny, all the TV announcers are now former coaches and/or players while many of the new coaches are guys who never played in the NHL.

        • jon514 says:

          Well. Carbo had an awesome record as the habs head coach. His getting canned was stupid. Can you explain to me how habs finishing 1st in the east and AK46 AND AK27 having career years in Montreal was a bad thing?

          “Let’s be clear on the facts…”

        • DorvalTony says:

          AHL LOL he’ll be an assistant in the NHL, maybe Dallas before he ever goes to the minors.

          Thanks for listening, Geoff Molson.

    • TomNickle says:

      Classy move. Suggests that an assistant GM job might be on the table for him in the near future.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Maybe someone who likes people who have been winners everywhere they went?

      Go Habs Go!!

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

  20. timothy13 says:

    I hope the new General Manager has a brain and can make sound decisions. I know this will no doubt cause flax but the Price concussion is a blessing because now is the time not to resign sign him. The concussion can be the excuse. Carey Price is an average goalie, no question or argument about his status, please. I miss Halak and hope he takes the Blues far in the playoffs. It is time to completely rebuild the Montreal Canadiens because they have only one line and a few good D men.

    • Ali says:

      go cheer for St. Louis. At the time I would’ve kept Halak, and I don’t think either one of them would have made a difference in this miserable season. None of this can be blamed on Price. Was he the best goalie in the league this year? No. But he was not bad either, and kept us in most games. He is not the problem, and is definitely part of the solution.

      • nellis13 says:

        he had average stats with well below average D. hard to compare.

        • TomNickle says:

          It’s actually pretty easy to compare. Last season, when St. Louis was in the same boat the Habs are in now. Halak was one of the worst starting goalies, if not the worst for the majority of the season.

          He had approximately one month of good play broken up among different periods in the season but for over a three month span had a save percentage below .900.

          In addition to all of that, Halak sees half of the workload that Price does yet Price remains consistent.

          Not much to argue if you look at the broad scope instead of kicking somebody when their team is down.

        • christophor says:

          What part of ‘no argument’ didn’t you understand?


          People will eat their crow again when he takes Canada to gold in Sochi.

          • HardHabits says:

            Typical. Lets stick to the facts. Like what has happened and what is happening.

            Funny how people who tout Price can only talk about what they hope he will do rather than what he has done.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Come on HH. You’re smarter than that (snicker). Price has been very, very good with a very poor defense for most of the year. It doesn’t take a genius to know that.

            Go Habs Go!!

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

          • HardHabits says:

            He’s been hot and cold. I think too much is being put on his shoulders which doesn’t strengthen his cause.

            My point is that no-one knows what will happen in Sochi. Price’s Calder Cup win and his WJC’s are well behind him and he has not excelled much as an NHL goalie with consistency apart from last regular season.

            My other point is that analysing what happened is much more legitimate than prognosticating based upon wishes and hopes and then somehow claiming that these fantasies are somehow of a higher order than the reasoned perspective on actual events.

      • DorvalTony says:

        He gives up more bananas than Chiquita.

        Thanks for listening, Geoff Molson.

    • punkster says:

      Well, certainly not going to question or argue with such an astute and all encompassing presentation of your reasons for not re signing Price. But as for your choice of grains, better ground flax than flax seed. Damn things don’t digest well so you lose all the nutritional value. Therein lies your problem, son.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • TomNickle says:

      Anyone who has a problem with Carey Price being their goaltender and believes that he is “average” wouldn’t know hockey if it Alexander Perezhogin’d them to the cheek.

      No question or argument about this, please.

    • shiram says:

      No arguments uh? Well I’m convinced, Price is awful!

      • Sakukoivumc11 says:

        Shiram, please explain your thoughts on your ridiculous statement !! How are you convinced that Price is awful ? He has done more than expected of him this year considering who he had in front of him ! He will be here for many years and will lead us to the promised land with or without you cheering for him !

        paolo merenda

    • LafleurGuy says:

      T 13, is Mike Smith a better goalie than Carey Price?

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Wow… of the year….in a bad way. I can only assume you’re a troll.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

    • LNev says:

      So, just be clear, you are saying to not resign Price at all as an RFA this off season?

      So 2 options then:
      1) let him walk & become an UFA since you didn’t sign (or qualify him I imagine).
      2) Trade. But what is such an average goalie worth nowadays? A 3rd rounder? If guy with high end potential such as Bishop gets you a second… and average goalie must be worth less.

      So your solution is either a 3rd(ish) rounder or letting him walk for nothing?


      For the record: I have both questions and arguments. But I’ll cut you some slax.

    • Cal says:

      Flax? Geez, and there I was thinking it was some kind of seed. Oh, well…

  21. Maksimir says:

    This team has given me concussion like symptoms all season. I’m shutting it down for the last three games.

  22. TomNickle says:

    A lot of people have wondered what kind of player could potentially fall to the Habs in the second round.

    I have two of them for you to look at if you’re interested.

    Slater Koekkek and Daniel Zharkov.

    One has elite talent and has fallen because he missed the majority of this season due to injury and the other is a skilled player who unlike Grigorenko actually does take a couple of nights off every week.

    • Stormin says:

      I would like to see Habs use second pick on Mike Matheson local pointe clare boy, rated 25th, hopefully he will still be available with our first pick in the second round, One of the best pure skating d man available in the draft, playing in USHL for former hab Jim Montgomery in Dubuque . Played Midget for Lac st Louis ions, ala Louis Leblanc. Captained Midget lions to Midget provincial Championship last year, played for Canada’s gold medal team at Under 18 Ivan Hlinka, Looks to be headed to NCAA which is fine as we have some d prospects ahead of him . Matheson has size great shot and skates as smooth and strong as anyone in draft. He was projected number 1 in last year’s QMJHL draft but chose the USHL and NCAA route even so still went in the second round of the Q draft would be a steal if we could get him with our first pick in the second round, and a local pick to boot bilingual for all the politically thinking fans. He is a steal in the 2nd round. Have seen this kid play quite a few times and in my opinion he has more up side and i think is a better prospect than our own Nathan Beaulieu, better skater harder shot and stronger physically but his biggest asset is his skating stride reminiscent of Paul Coffey.

      • LafleurGuy says:

        Sold!, Stormin. At 25th, that’s a first round ranking. Habs gave up a draft pick to move up 4 slots to pick Jarred Tinordi 22nd overall. Still wish for an Oiler (Yes, those Oilers) type move when they chose Jordan Eberle 24th overall.

      • 24 Cups says:

        TSN has him ranked 37th so there’s a chance.

        • Stormin says:

          depending on which rankings you look at Matheson is projected anywhere from 25 in the international scouting services rankings, Craig Button has him at 27 and TSN Bob Mckenzie has him going early 2nd round

          • 24 Cups says:

            Button’s rankings are close to being a waste of time. He really has some off the wall projections.

            I find Bob McKenzie’s lists come nearest to the actual draft day selections.

            Montreal will probably pick 33rd or 34th so it may be a tough call on Matheson.

    • 24 Cups says:

      TSN has Koekkek ranked at #15 while Zharkov is 40th. There should be lots of chance with these rankings between now and June.

      It will also be interesting to see where Tanner Pearson goes. He should drop into the 2nd round but his profile is highly inflated just like Holland’s due to the fact he is two years overage.

      • HabFab says:

        Not sure I follow the Holland comment and the final CSS rankings are due out Monday or Tuesday.

        • 24 Cups says:

          Holland is 20 years old so the fact he has a ton of points has to be somehow weighted with that in mind. Pearson is close to being twenty as he was passed over during the past two drafts.

          • TomNickle says:

            And was very underwhelming at the WJHC for a player in his final year of eligibility.

          • HabFab says:

            So is Tinordi and soon Gallagher, Ellis plus all the other guys except Beaulieu who doesn’t turn 20 until almost Xmas. Have heard a couple posters put him down because of this when he is no older then the rest of the group graduating so not sure why.

          • 24 Cups says:

            Point well taken, Frank.

      • Stormin says:

        I agree with you 24cups Button likes to go off the grid to be different at times, Mckenzie actually surveys quite a few scouts for his predictions. The ISS ranking scares me though. They have Matheson at 25 so I am not to sure he will be available at 33. Maybe move up like LafleurGuy said we really need to get our local talent who know what it means to wear the CH, when we get a chance at great local talent we have to start drafting them and stop losing local talent like Matheson to Boston or Philly who seem to love drafting Quebec born talent. Matheson is a steal if we get him in the 2nd round, this Kid can play.

        • TomNickle says:

          ISS rankings are usually very accurate but for some reason rarely followed.

          A lot players in recent years have been very high on ISS rankings and have fallen as low as the 5th round. Jamie Benn is a great example.

          • HabFab says:

            In my book, they are as follows;
            1. Trevor Timmins πŸ˜‰
            2. Bob McKenize πŸ™‚
            3. CSS
            4. ISS
            5. Button’s

  23. 24 Cups says:

    Nobody cares about the Habs on the ice anymore. It’s all about the management side of the ledger.

  24. Say Ash says:

    Plekanec wouldn’t have injured Price lol

  25. mark_ID says:

    Here’s a question, if Malcolm Subban falls to 2nd round of the draft…..would you guys be against drafting him for our 2nd round pick, as opposed to another depth forward?

    Considering our goaltending depth is pretty bare. At the same time, Price could be our number one goalie for the next 10 years at least…….

    Brother combos are always interesting

    “Step off George”

    • TomNickle says:

      Won’t happen.

      Malcolm Subban will be gone by the 20th pick at the latest. And if any scouts or general managers rely at all on the draft combine he will very likely go in the top 10.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        If I were the Brian Burke I’d pick Subban with their first round pick, however early a pick it might be.

        • TomNickle says:

          Tough call for him actually. Gonna be a lot of excellent defensemen fall to the latter half of the top 10.

          • punkster says:

            Wait, I thought they already had “The Big 3”?

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • Mattyleg says:

            Did you see Komo trying to grind some Sabre’s head into paste on the scramble for the tying goal last night?
            Pretty shitty, and completely useless.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • LafleurGuy says:

          DiPietro is the only goalie ever picked 1st overall. Sorehead Carey Price at 5th overall may be one of the highest draft positions ever for a goalie in the history of the junior draft.

          “May you live in interesting times.”

          P.S. Forgot about Fleury. Know nothing about those pre-1970 drafts when Gilbert Perrault was the first pick ever in the modern draft era.
          Wonder when Central Scouting began its existence and its ranking of eighteen year old prospects.

          • Ali says:

            Fleury was also a #1 overall pick.

          • GrimJim says:

            1st overall, Michel Plasse, MTL, 1968 draft
            and Kari Lehtonen went 2nd overall in 2002

            since 1966, Nine goalies picked in top 5 for their year and 20 picked top 10

        • 24 Cups says:

          HH – It would be a colossal mistake for Toronto to take Subban than early. Especially seeing that the kid would need at least another three years before he can play regularly.

          Burke has to look at taking a guy like Faska or going with one of the half dozen Dmen that will be available. He can always shore up his goaltending by making a trade or signing an UFA.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            Or an undrafted free agent …

            Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      I can see Tampa going after him with their second 1st round pick. And I don’t think he’ll be gone by 20 at the latest.

  26. The Dude says:

    See what this season did to Price,or it might of been the love letter from Ice man …eh Dean…

  27. HabFanSince72 says:

    OK Mr Budaj.

    You are already under contract for next year.

    This is no time to play the hero.

    Looking forward to seeing Mayer against the Canes.

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  28. BJ says:

    Hopefully Price can have a restful summer without rodeo, I would imagine its not to high on they list for recovering from concussions. On the positive side it may give us a better chance for the 29th spot.

  29. theox_8 says:

    hmmm weird

  30. 24 Cups says:

    What happened to all the comments that were posted here?

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