Friday, June 01, 2007

Price's trip to the AHL finals

Price stole the starting job from Yann Danis and Philippe Sauve after playing in two of the final three regular-season games for the Bulldogs.

In his first playoff game, Price stopped all 34 shots he faced for a 2-0 shutout win against Rochester.

Since then, he has maintained a 2.13 goals-against average to help sixth-seeded Hamilton upset No. 2-ranked Manitoba and No. 3-ranked Chicago. They meet the Hershey Bears in the final starting tonight in Hershey, Pa.
It's been an unreal season for Price, first leading Canada to world junior gold in January and now making the direct jump from the WHL to the AHL for a dream playoff run. If he can add a Calder Cup, maybe his NHL debut isn't all that far off.

I recall being skeptical when Price was picked fifth overall in 2005, but he's certainly shown he deserved that placement so far.


At 2:34 p.m., June 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press about Carey Price.
Mr. Turner wrote a column mocking Montreal for foisting Price upon the Bull Dogs and all but implied that the Habs don't give a hoot about Hamilton while the Moose are allowed to sign elite AHL goalies like Wade Flaherty and how Flaherty and the Moose would school Price and the Bull Dogs six ways to next Sunday.
Someone forgot to tell certified hockey genius Turner that the AHL teams exist to develop talent for the NHL not the other way around.
That's how you call a moose in Winnipeg these days.

At 2:46 p.m., June 01, 2007, Anonymous pete said...

Wow. Apparently the fire of the previously unheard of Winnipeg/Hamilton rivalry burns bright. Who knew?

At 8:01 p.m., June 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funniest part is somebody in Winnipeg mocking anything associated with Montreal. Like the yokel on Simpsons pointing at Lisa and exclaiming: "Look at that pointy headed girl, hyuck."

At 1:16 p.m., June 02, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

Only problem is, if Price does prove ready for the NHL in a hurry (unlikely, but let's run with it), what about Huet and Halak? I mean, did it seem as unlikely that Roy would leapfrog Penney and Soetaert when he did? (I know for a fact that Penney had an iffy TC that year, because Dick Irvin commented on it on the opening HNIC that year -- thank you, YouTube.) I think any talk of the NHL with this guy is extremely premature, at least until he shows something beyond this playoff run at the AHL level.


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