Alright, after a third straight year with a Canadian team in the Stanley Cup finals…NO CUP IN CANADA..pretty disappointing unless you follow The American League. Last Night the Hamilton Bulldogs “Montreal Canadien’s farm team” won the calder trophy, by eliminating the Hershey Bears “Washington Capital’s Farm Team” in Five games. Being a habs fan i am extremely happy to see our young players dominating the American League, and especially happy about the goaltending situation.
Jaroslav Halak: Player of the year in the American League. He lead the Bulldogs to the Playoffs and lead the habs on a good streak for the final 15 games or so of the regular season. As well, from what i hear, he was incredibly good for Slovakia in the world championship this spring.
CAREY PRICE!! MVP of the Calder Cup playoffs! This 19 year old is the real deal. About 80% of habs fan were criticizing Bob Gainey’s decision of drafting Carey Price 5th overall in the 2005 draft with Anze Kopitar still waiting to get selected. Gainey signed a contract with Price at the end of the habs regular season which left Don lever, head coach of the bulldogs a bittersweet taste. Lever knew Price’s immense talent, but didn’t want to add a new goalie to a team who has been working hard all season long to reach a playoff berth. He puts price in net, knowing that is what gainey expected of him..and boy did he not regret this move. First Game in a real league and price records a shutout. He continued to impress everyone till the final game last night, and won the mvp award. This is not mentioning that Carey Price lead Team Canada in the junior Olympic to a gold medal this winter.
Many make a liaison between Carey Price and Patrick Roy. In 1986, roy arrived with the sherbrooke Canadiens and won the Cup. Next season he jumped right away in the NHL and..you guessed it..Habs won the Cup. With the habs bad goaltending last season, everyone pictures Price staying with the big Club after training camp, which leaves habs with good trading merchandise goalie wise.
A few weeks ago it was mentioned that Gainey offered The Bruins a serious trade offer for Patrice Bergeron at the trade deadline. Obviously they didn’t trade Bergeron saying he was the core of this team. However, With phil kessel not able to play as a winger the bruins have to make decisions concerning their centers..Bergeron, Savard and Kessel. Many believe The bruins might consider some offers concerning Bergeron and Gainey Is still after him. With Bad goaltending in Boston, Huet or Halak along with someone else could becomes interesting.
Other teams without goaltending would be Tampa Bay, Detroit, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Florida and Columbus.
What do you think Habs should do?