Goaltender Carey Price‘s poor finish to the 2013 season along with his team’s first-round upset against the Ottawa Senators probably didn’t help anyone on the team keep their job, and may have certainly played a role in costing Montreal Canadiens goaltender coach Pierre Groulx his. Habs general manager Marc Bergevin announced the news recently as the organization searches for answers at their netminding spot.
“I want to sincerely thank Pierre Groulx for his contribution to the Canadiens’ organization over the past four years,” Bergevin said in a press release. “Pierre is a coach with a strong work ethic, a true professional who largely contributed to the development of our goaltenders. Unfortunately, we have to make the difficult decision today not to renew his contract with the team.”
Volatility has permeated the Canadiens’ goaltender position and coaching staff as a whole in recent years. Jaroslav Halak made his case for a promising future with the Canadiens after stone-walling the Washington Capitals when Montreal upset them as an eighth-seed back in 2009, but Price was indeed the true future and Halak ended up being traded to the St. Louis Blues in 2010.
Price took over at that point, but now has to grapple with his third goaltenders coach in six years with the club, and has made recent remarks that caught the attention of his GM.
“It’s normal in a market like Montreal or Toronto or Vancouver, or even Chicago or Philadelphia,” Bergevin said, via the CBC. “Goaltending’s a difficult position, very demanding. So it’s normal that a young player feels pressure.”