There was a loud thud that ended the 2013 season for the Montreal Canadiens. There can be many reasons looked at as to why the team failed so miserably in the postseason. You can blame a lack of offense for scoring just nine goals in five games. You can also pin blame on the goaltenders, especially Carey Price. Price gave up four goals in one game and six in another, and there has been a definite decline lately with the young goaltender.
Montreal isn’t going to get rid of Price and they shouldn’t at this point anyway. I think we are looking at a goalie that is lacking in confidence right now. He had a terrible April heading into the playoffs and that just continued into the playoffs. I’m sure it will take a while for him to get back to the way he used to be, but the Canadiens need that to happen sooner than later. Price did win 21 games this year for Montreal and his goals against average of 2.59 was right near his career average.
I bet we see some player turnover this summer as the team tries to reload to find a way to win a Stanley Cup for the first time since 1993. Price shouldn’t be one of the players that the team tries to get rid of, though. He will be just 26 years old when next season begins and having a crisis of confidence is something that can be fixed. Montreal will be depending on that happening or they could be looking at just sneaking into the playoffs in the couple years.