The NHL hasn’t announced its year-end award winners yet, but according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban will win the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenceman.
Tweeted Kypreos: “Confirmed word out of Montreal and NY is #Canadian P.K Subban will be announced during Cup final as the winner of #NHL 2013 Norris trophy.”
Subban, who finished the season with 11-27-38 totals in 42 games to go along with a plus-12, would be the first Canadiens defenceman to win the Norris since Chris Chelios in 1989. Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and Minnesota’s Ryan Suter are the other two Norris Trophy finalists.
Meanwhile, former Canadiens goalie coach Roland Melanson says goaltender Carey Price has gotten worse over the last few seasons because of bad coaching.
“Carey hasn’t stopped deteriorating since I left. He’s all over the place now,” Melanson, now the goaltending coach with the Vancouver Canucks, told L’Acadie Nouvelle, a French newspaper in New Brunswick. ”At some point, there has to be some accountability in the school yard. The position requires a lot of work and Carey hasn’t been consistent. He let things slide in practice and it caught up to him during games.”
Melanson, who left Montreal in 2009, added that his replacement Pierre Groulx, who was recently fired as the Canadiens goaltending coach, allowed Price to develop bad habits.
“He wanted to be his friend,” Melanson said. “A goalie doesn’t want you to be his friend — he wants results. You’re not there to be his friend.”
Price went 2-6-0 in his last eight regular-season appearances, allowing 27 goals, and was pulled in back-to-back appearances. He finished the regular season with a 21-13-4 record with a 2.59 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. In the playoffs, Price was 1-2 with a 3.26 GAA and .894 save percentage. For his career, Price is 9-17 in the playoffs with a 2.90 GAA and .905 save percentage.
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins is Wednesday night in Chicago (8 p.m., CBC, NBC, RDS). Game 2 is Saturday (8 p.m., CBC, RDS).
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