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It would be dishonest to blame only Price in this crossing of the desert.
The question of the place of Carey Price in the history of Canada is delicate, even if he joined Jacques Plante at the top of the column of victories with 314.
The time when the expectations of the Habs were the conquest of the Stanley cup, or anything else beautiful and good part of the past so that the suffering of the Canadian has reached the quarter of a century.
It would be dishonest to blame only Price in this crossing of the desert. Yet, the fact that Price has not won a Stanley cup during his first eleven seasons with the Canadian remains probably the only thing that is missing from his resume to silence his critics.
“[Price] has not played in an era where the team was among the best year after year, recalled Réjean Houle, who won five Stanley cups with the Canadian. A guy like Jacques Plante won the Stanley cup, but there was how many of the players in front of him that are hall of fame ? “
A guy like Jacques Plante won the Stanley cup, but there was how many of the players in front of him that are hall of fame ?
— Réjean Houle
“I played on teams of the 1970s, when there were a dozen players who are in the hall of fame. It is certain that Ken Dryden has also been inducted, but a keeper means that is going to play behind a team like ours will be likely to have a good performance. Conversely, a very good guard that does not rely on a good team in front of him will struggle to get a good average. “
Which can play against Price is the fact that it has won the four series since the beginning of his career with the Habs, compared to twelve for Plant sixteen to Patrick Roy and nineteen for Dryden. But again, the context and the rules are not the same as in previous decades.
“It is difficult to win a Stanley cup, especially today when there are more teams, more parity,” recalled the former guard of the Washington Capitals Olaf Kolzig, who lost in the final against the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.
“I don’t think that a player can be judged according to the number of Stanley cups he won. The guardian has an important role, but he can’t do it all alone.
“For me, even if Carey Price doesn’t win the Stanley cup by the end of his career, he deserves to be elected to the hall of fame in its first year of eligibility. […] Take a look at what he has achieved on the international stage when he had a good club in front of him. And outgoing junior, he went to Hamilton and won the cup Calder.
“I don’t want to say that Canada does not have a good team, but simply that it is very, very difficult to win a Stanley cup. There are many things that must fall into place. “
I don’t think that a player can be judged according to the number of Stanley cups he won
— Olaf Kolzig
The case Luongo
The case of Roberto Luongo could be compared to that of Price.
Luongo has recently beat Ed Belfour in the third rank of the history of z has reached the final in 2011 with the Vancouver Canucks, but has rather seen the Boston Bruins lift the precious trophy. 39-year-old, Luongo has also had success when he has worn the Canadian colours on the international stage. There is no doubt that Luongo will be elected to the hall of fame after his career.
“And I think that Carey has accomplished more things in less time,” said Kolzig, who has known Price even before it is drafted in as the owner of his junior team, the Americans in Tri-City.
The good news for Price is that the plateau that it has reached on Tuesday by beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 is not the end for him. He’s only 31 years old and his contract will expire only on July 1, 2026. He still has a lot of time to outrun the Dryden, Roy and Plante, continue to make its place in the history of the NHL, and, who knows, maybe help the Canadian to lift the Stanley cup.
“I don’t think Carey would want to be compared to these guys [Dryden, Roy and Plante], because all he wants is to win, and he has not yet achieved its objective, said the analyst on TSN Pierre McGuire. Once he gets there, he will have won the Stanley cup, this will probably be the biggest feat of his career. “
Its place among the greats of the history of the Canadian would then no doubt.