Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Price sent down

The Montreal Canadiens announced today that forward Corey Locke and goaltender Jaroslav Halak have been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Both players will join the team today and will be available for tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Club also assigned forward Kyle Chipchura and goaltender Carey Price to Hamilton.
>> team release
A little bit of a surprise, but Price is coming off an awful game against Washington on Saturday and Halak has been very, very good in the AHL recently.

Halak was named AHL player of the week yesterday.



At 3:31 p.m., January 08, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

Wow, Price was unbeatable when the Leafs played him. Thank god Toronto can shoot on Huet again.

At 4:10 p.m., January 08, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...


At 4:24 p.m., January 08, 2008, Blogger Jeff J said...

He's probably on the toilet. Why?

At 4:30 p.m., January 08, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I don't think he's sick; that speculation came before the Habs had announced he was going to Hamilton.

Although I suppose we'll know soon enough.

At 4:46 p.m., January 08, 2008, Anonymous Ryan said...

Could this be a long term contract move? I thought that a player had to play 10 games before his NHL contract kicked in, but had to play a larger number before the season counted towards unrestricted free agency?

At 4:57 p.m., January 08, 2008, Blogger Hooks Orpik said...

ryan---This is fimiliar to me too because the Penguins went through this with Jordan Staal last season…I believe if a skater appears in 40 or more games it counts as an accured season towards being 1 year closer to being an unrestricted free agent.

I have no idea how many games/minutes played this translates to for a goaltender, however....Just from guessing and taking a shot in the dark, I'd imagine Price's significant time in the NHL (19 games and 1100+ minutes) probably means he's already accured a season and ticked 1 year closer to being a UFA...

Again, that's just my speculation but I'd bet this is more based on Price's recent performance (and Halak's strong play) and a swap to get Price gametime in the AHL without jeopardizing Montreal's position in the ultra-competitive and close East Conference playoff race.

At 5:14 p.m., January 08, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Might this be a bit of some Halak "Show casing" for a trade later this or next month?

At 10:49 p.m., January 08, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

The Habs have a super-light schedule in January with no back-to-back game nights and any goalie not named Huet isn't going to get more than a token appearance.

Price will be back up after the All-Star Game at the LATEST. Halak isn't going to get much a sniff unless Huet blows it.

Chipchura puzzles me a bit, more on why the coaching staff was losing faith in him rather than why he got sent down (because the staff was losing faith in him). I saw no reason for it, unless it's simply to just get more playing time on a very short term basis.

The Habs haven't shown too much concern about long term contract moves, Ryan, unlike say the Capitals did with Schultz last year (sending him down with 5 games left so he wouldn't pass the magical 40 game mark that marks an accrued season). Last year they could've easily returned Latendresse to junior even when he was just getting 4th line minutes out of the gate. It wasn't until shortly after the 10 game plateau that they gave him a bigger role.

Price is still Montreal's #2 goalie. And chemmy, he'll be back just for Toronto.... the next Montreal/TO game is not until Feb. 7.

At 9:51 a.m., January 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Price's are down and the Canadian dollar is up!!! Great economy we got going.


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