HollywoodLafleurMember since April 30, 2008
Habs fan since: 1978
Favorite current player: Cammalleri
All-time favorite player: Lafleur
- Comment on The Price of Business was Halak (2010-06-18 09:40:54)
I can't believe anyone likes this trade and feels it was inevitable. Halak proved himself as #1 and took the team further in the playoffs than they've gone since 1993. The goaile is the most important position so all common sense pointed to keeping Halak and trading Price.
The Habs could've freed up salary for Halak by trading the Kostitsyns and buying out Hamrlik's last year. Regardless of the details, a good GM would find the way to keep the core players. (On a side note, some NBA players have adjusted their salaries to help the team sign players; did PG approach Gomez to adjust his ridiculous pay?)
As for Price, I have nothing against him. Gainey ruined Price's short-term career by bringing him up too soon and now the only way for him to blossom is in another city as the pressure and baggage in Montreal have become insurmountable.
I see no reason to be optimistic for the team's near- to medium-future. They can only sign free agents like Gionta and Cammalleri by overpaying them because of the high taxes and high pressure in Mtl. And French prospects like Latendresse and non-French top prospects like Price are micro-analyzed and pressured to the point of having to be the exceptional player who can blossom immediately instead of following the path of 99% of the league's players who develop over a few years.
* sigh *