|Canadiens goaltender Carey Price looks at the puck after Senators forward Jason Spezza scores at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on September 25, 2010. (PATRICK DOYLE/Reuters)
Two games into the pre-season and it’s clear there’s no possible way for Carey Price to succeed in Montreal.
Given the way the relationship between Price and the fans has deteriorated over the last two years, it’s to the point there’s nothing he could possibly do to appease fans who are hell-bent on reminding management they traded the wrong goalie.
Instead of proving to be mentally strong and ignoring critics in the stands and press box, Price has become far too sensitive and it appears to be affecting his play.
In parts of two horrific preseason outings he’s allowed 10 goals, prompting Canadiens fans to boo unmercifully.
If the organization is going to move forward and build on the momentum of their unlikely playoff run Price needs to be moved by Habs GM Pierre Gauthier immediately.
Too much damage has already been done and the controversy surrounding Price threatens to become the sort of distraction organizations can do without.
Now more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world wondering how a convicted dog killer became the feel good story of the NFL season thus far.
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Yep, for the last three weeks Michael Vick has been, by far, the most intriguing player in the NFL – no one has attracted more attention for all the right reasons than Vick. And that’s not about to change Sunday when Donovan McNabb returns to Philadelphia in a matchup the entire football world will be glued to. America does forgive and loves a good comeback story - Vick is living proof of that … Funny story behind the only fight of Kelly Hrudey’s NHL career. At a recent golf tourney for the Canmore Eagles the Hockey Night in Canada staple said the scrap was an awkward one as he and New York Rangers combatant John Vanbiesbrouck shared the same lawyer and all three were scheduled to dine after the game that night. However, dinner plans were abruptly canceled after Hrudey charged the length of the ice in response to a cheap shot “Beezer” threw at Hrudey’s Islanders teammate Duane Sutter during a good ‘ol line brawl … The national anthem singer at Saturday’s Stamps game was none other than Andrea Stewart-Franklin, wife of TSN sideline reporter Jermain Franklin.
The irony of the Ines Sainz story is that sportswriters are commenting on the appropriateness of what the Mexican model/journalist wore to the NY Jets practice. This from a group of people who think “dressing up” means tying the laces of their runners or ironing their track pants … Yes, that was another shameless way of ensuring a photo … Separated at birth: FedEx Cup winner Jim Furyk and Montgomery Burns … A rarity in professional sport was spotted at SAIT Friday when Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher had several of his players “drop and give him 20,” as in push-ups. “It’s been awhile since I’ve had to do that,” laughed Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier of the now-regular occurrence that follows whenever a Lightning player doesn’t drive the net or isn’t hungry enough for the puck. “It keeps guys honest.” … Anecdote no. 366 proving Steve Yzerman is as classy as advertised: appreciative of the fact SAIT manager Warren Pickford did some serious last-minute shuffling to give the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 50 players a place to skate Friday, Yzerman called Pickford directly just to thank him for all his efforts … Tough to believe but the Minnesota Wild enter the season with the NHL’s third-longest sellout streak at 409 consecutive playoff and regular season games played in front of 18,064 at the Xcel Energy Centre … Former Flames GM Al Coates is living in Calgary again and has just been appointed Hockey Canada’s executive director of the World Junior Championships to be held here in Dec. 2011.