The end of the 2013 season was quick for the Montreal Canadiens as they were eliminated early on in the playoffs. There needs to be some thought given to some changes in Montreal, but while one player probably could use a new address, I don’t think that would be the player to work with.
I am speaking about goalie Carey Price. He has declined in his productivity over the last three seasons, and while his numbers aren’t terrible, they aren’t going in the right direction.
He was 21-13-4 this season with a 2.59 goals against average. The two seasons before saw him have averages of 2.35 and 2.43. I realize that it is only a quarter of a goal extra, but those add up. The Canadiens are going to keep Price around, obviously, because there aren’t any better options out there, but I think they need to see improvement this coming year or have to consider doing something.
There is a lot of pressure always in Montreal, especially since they haven’t won a Stanley Cup in 20 years. Price was a first-round draft pick by the team eight years ago and is only 25 years old. He may have been looked at with too high of expectations when he entered the NHL and especially for a team with the history that the Canadiens have.
I will wonder if the team tries some new coaching around Price to help him get back to his previous career highs, but hopefully he works on his own this offseason to improve. There could be even more pressure on Price when next season begins.