The Start of the Future for Montreal

Carey Price1971, 1985, 2007. What do these years have in common?

Well for the first two, it was the first NHL game for a couple of Montreal legends. As for this year, it just might be remembered as the debut for the next great Canadien goaltender.

In 1971, it was Ken Dryden making his first ever NHL start against Pittsburgh. Twenty two years ago to this very day, it was Patrick Roy starting in his first game for Montreal against the very same Penguins. Now, it’s Carey Price’s turn.

Price will lead the Montreal Canadiens out onto the ice tonight to take on Crosby and the Pens, in what would be Montreal’s home opener at the Bell Centre. And the young goaltender’s first game has history behind it.

This much-anticipated start begins a new sense of fulfillment as many Hab fans hope that Price is the second-coming of Roy, or even Dryden. After being picked fifth overall in the 2005 entry draft, this 20-year-old B.C. boy claimed international fame as he backstopped Canada to a gold medal in the past World Junior Championships. His stellar goaltender was raved by fans and media across the nation, and the hype continued to grow.

With great ‘potential’ comes great ‘pressure’ – not to mention the fact that the past four rookies to start for Montreal recorded wins – as Price will have to live up to his name.

So how will this young netminder do?

Sure, he’s a backup right now for Huet, but there’s always a chance for Price to battle. There is no doubt that he has what it takes to become a future number one goaltender, but the question is whether or not he’ll follow the footsteps of icons such as Roy.

In Montreal, great goaltending is both treasured and critiqued to no end. It’s now up to Carey to prove his worth, and to show Hab-nation that the future in net is secure.

The weight is on your shoulders, kid, and everyone will be watching.

I would also like to add that I have Price’s autograph on my Montreal jersey, well before anyone else did. Yes, I like to gloat.


3 Responses

  1. Turned out to be a shining debut for the kid, too. Great things may be afoot in Montreal… and not for the first time! Now all they need to do is get some consistent scoring!

  2. Agreed. I’m very happy for Price as I am a huge fan of his since quite a while ago. As for scoring, it’s true, but I’m very optimistic about the future on offense for Montreal. One player I’m looking forward to is Ben Maxwell, who is playing for Kootenay. I’ve seen him play and this kid can do wonders both with and without the puck. Also, Chipchura made his debut today as well, there are some bright things about him. Don’t forget Latendresse and Kostitsyn. Also one of my favourites Michael Ryder just might one day be crowned captain, and hopefully he starts stepping up big for the Habs soon.

    Hosea C

  3. Ryder’s the real king in Montreal, but signs point to dissatisfaction on both parts. Montreal won’t sign him for more than 1 year at a time, while he doesn’t want to commit because he knows that he can cash in big elsewhere, soon enough.

    I would love to see him stick around, but most analysts seem to think he’s on his way out. 😦

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