If the Montreal Canadiens want to make it further into the playoffs, they need more from goalie Carey Price. Price’s net minding got worse as the playoffs went on as he allowed 27 goals in the final eight playoff games he started.
The Canadiens announced this past Monday that their solution to their goaltending problem is not to extend the contract of goalie coach, Pierre Groulx. Groulx had been with Montreal since July 2009. In fact, he was the only member from the previous coaching staff who remained after head coach Michel Therrien was hired prior to the 2012-13 season.
Price’s play in net has not just recently declined as of the playoffs, but since his best season in 2010-11, it has been drastic with this season’s save percentage of .905 being a career low and in his final 10 regular-season games he tallied a 3.78 goals-against average and a .871 save percentage.
This will be the third goalie coach that Price has had since he has played with the Canadiens and they are definitely making a statement that Price is their starting goalie. Will the next goalie coach be the right fit for him this time around or how many more will they have to go through for Price to be back to form? Perhaps the question should be at what point will the Canadiens realize that it is not necessarily the goalie coach that is the problem?