Dear Fans of the Montreal Canadiens, Re: Carey Price

April 1st, 2010 by Iain Arseneau Leave a reply »
At the very end of last season, I was on your side. I thought Carey Price had an ego his game couldn’t yet match, and really doubted his desire to be a franchise goalie.

This season, I will admit, Price has not redeemed himself as I had hoped, but he is, after all, only 22 years old.

Goaltenders typically do not develop quickly. In fact, take a quick look at the 10 goalies with the most wins this season:

Kipper didn’t win a starting job until he was 28, Jimmy Howard is just now getting his first real shot at the No. 1 job at 26, Nabokov was 25, and Bryzgalov was 27, Ryan Miller split time as a 25-year-old before being the undisputed starter at 26, Craig Anderson is getting his shot now, at 28.

Now, let’s take a look at the exceptions. Roberto Luongo jumped in with the Islanders as a 20-year-old, and was absolutely shellacked.

Even he wasn’t anointed as the Islanders' starter right away, though, and he actually had a lighter-than-usual starter’s workload in Florida at first.

In Los Angeles, Jonathan Quick split time last year as a 22-year-old, and this year is the undisputed starter ...

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