There is a small list of great goalies like Roy and Brodeur who were able to step in at a young age and stay great for a long time. But theres a LONG list of goalies who came in at 25 or older who had great careers. Look at Backstrom in Minnesota, he's in his 30's and dominating. Look at Potvin who you mentioned, he came in at a young age and burnt out by the time he was in his 30's.
Goaltending is different from other positions. I definitely think Price is a talented guy for his age, but he's gotta learn the position and not give up so many weak goals before he can be considered a Stanley Cup calibre goalie.
Right now, for this year only would Montreal be better off with Price or Osgood? I would say Osgood.]]>