The Prices Move Back To BC – An Insight

By JD Lagrange – It doesn’t take much in Montreal to make a big deal out of very little. When Carey Price’s wife Angela posted on her Instagram account that the family would be selling their home in Montreal to move back to their Kelowna, British Columbia residence, at the end of the school year, everyone knew it was coming. It was just a confirmation of what she had said months ago, but that didn’t prevent traditional media to present it as news.

But why is that? Carey missed all but the last 5 games last season, and suffered another major setback trying to return. He has yet to put on skates this year and will not be returning this season. If it wasn’t for insurance companies being so finicky at looking for loopholes not to pay monies owed (they’re better at collecting premiums), Price would likely announce that he won’t be returning, his knee preventing him to do his job. But no, he has to play the insurance game and tip-toe around like a criminal sneaking around a house at night while the occupants are sleeping.

Contract left

Carey Price

Some people are playing the card of the offended virgin because Price still has three years remaining to his contract. In their mind, Price should be tied to lamp post in Montreal for those three years, even if he’s not playing. Of course, it’s easy to have an opinion on what someone else should do with their life as it doesn’t affect them. Guess what? If he was playing, it would be a non-issue. But those people ignore the fact that his career is done. No contract can and will tie anyone in one City when off-duty.

In addition, he is not getting paid by the team, as some claim. He’s paid by the long-term disability insurance company. I have been on disability in the past and my employer wasn’t paying me. It was Sun Life that issued me the payments. In Price’s case, the only handicap to the Canadiens is that they must put him on LTIR. But that wouldn’t change if he was in Montreal, Kelowna, Seattle or Hong Kong!

Family and lifestyle

Further, those of you who have children may understand the importance of family. Carey and Angela’s parents and relatives are all in British Columbia and in Washington State, about 5,000 kilometers away. For some of you, that doesn’t hit home. For others like myself, I understand. My father didn’t get to see his grand-kids grow up because I moved to BC. Whether you want to accept this as a reason or not is irrelevant. Family is important to many people and the Price’s have strong family values. It’s a good thing.

Another aspect I can totally relate with Carey is that I know the difference between Quebec and BC when it comes to being an outdoorsman. Having spent the first 25 years of my life in Sherbrooke, I’ve been in BC for well over 30 years now and there is simply no comparison when it comes to outdoor activities between the two provinces. There is so much Crown Land in BC, it makes for amazing hunting and fishing without seeing other hunters or fisherman next to you, or having to bait game to come on private property. Like it or not, Carey is an outdoorsman and BC is not only his home, it’s the best place for outdoor activities.

Roy hypocrisy

This brings me to Patrick Roy, a man I used to idolize pre-1995, but whom I have since learned to despise by his own doing over the years. Never shying away from wanting the spotlight on himself, Roy made a lame attempt at backslapping Price. In a recent interview with BPM Sports, the former goaltender said: “I would rather retire than to say: ‘My leg hurts, pay me!‘”

This is so typical of that individual. The more I listen to him, the more I see of him, the happier I am that Geoff Molson didn’t make the monumental mistake of hiring him in a position of power with the Canadiens. Much like P.K. Subban who recently said that he would have taken $7 million to stay in Montreal – although he held out at camp to get his $9 million contract – Roy is an hypocrite. No, Patrick, no one believes that you would have left $23.5 million on the table to retire “because your knee hurts”. What arrogance also in downplaying the seriousness of Price’s injury, going as far as questioning his character…

Why doesn’t Price retire? Here’s why:

SEASONSIGNING BONUSBASE SALARYTOTAL SALARYCAP HIT
2023-24$6.5M$2M$8.5M$10.5M
2024-25$5.5M$2M$7.5M$10.5M
2025-26$5.5M$2M$7.5M$10.5M

So fans and media can bellyache all they want, the Price’s decision of moving back to BC should come at no surprise. I’ll go further in saying that anyone with any family value and common sense will understand and even support the Price family in their decision. They will remember that Carey, much like Shea Weber and Paul Byron, permanently damaged their bodies in a heroic attempt to bring Stanley Cup number 25 to the City of Montreal. Their only “failure” was to come up short against a good team $18 million over the cap.

But rest assured, Carey and Angela, this man understands you, as do most Habs’ fans. And we support your decision. Thank you again for who you are, what you stand for, and for what you have done for this franchise and your generosity in Montreal. We only wish, like you, that you could have been better supported during your career with some offensive skills, and got your Cup with the Canadiens. See you when your jersey gets retired… or somewhere in BC.

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In The System – January 30, 2023

By JD Lagrange – In The System has become a very popular feature with our readers. This week, let’s see how the team’s top prospects are progressing. The far right column shows how the players are trending based on the previous week. Remember that this is in no way some expert dissection and in-depth analysis, but rather an overview at one point in time about how those young prospects are producing at their respective level.

Skaters

First, let’s have a look at the skaters before turning our attention to the goaltenders.

NAMETEAMLEAGUEGPGAPTSPTS/GPPIM+/-TREND
Riley Kidney (C)Gatineau OlympiquesQMJHL392047671.7230+13⬆️
Joshua Roy (W/C)Sherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL342532571.6810+33⬇️
Sean Farrell (C/LW)Harvard Univ.NCAA211222341.6212+13⬆️
Jared Davidson (C)Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL392534591.5140+27➡️
Lane Hutson (D)Boston Univ.NCAA24922311.2918+19⬆️
Cedrick Guindon (LW/C)Owen Sound AttackOHL451738551.228+9⬆️
Owen Beck (C)Peterborough PetesOHL381926451.1820+11⬇️
Vinzenz Rohrer (C/RW)Ottawa 67'sOHL311322351.1314+21⬇️
Filip Mesar (RW/C)Kitchener RangersOHL271115260.968-12⬇️
Logan Mailloux (D)London KnightsOHL361318310.8648+11⬇️
Jesse Ylönen (RW)Laval RocketAHL34819270.7916-4➡️
Nicolas BeaudinLaval RocketAHL20212140.7018+7➡️
Rafaël Harvey-PinardLaval RocketAHL371510250.6820-2➡️
Xavier Simoneau (C)Laval RocketAHL35518230.6631-6➡️
Justin Barron (D)Laval RocketAHL2579160.646-3➡️
Luke Tuch (LW)Boston Univ.NCAA2579160.6411+8⬆️
Rhett Pitlick (LW)Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA2887150.5416+8➡️
Oliver Kapanen (C)KalPaLiiga40811190.4826+3⬆️
Miguël Tourigny (D)HK Dukla TrencinSlovakia29311140.4833-11⬇️
Emil HeinemanLeksands IFSHL215490.436-4⬆️
Jayden Struble (D)Northeastern Univ.NCAA201780.4052+2➡️
Jack Gorniak (LW/C)Univ. WisconsinNCAA233690.3926+2➡️
Blake Biondi (C)Univ. Minnesota-DuluthNCAA173360.354-4➡️
Mattias Norlinder (D)Laval RocketAHL401780.2014-9⬆️
Jan Mysak (C/LW)Laval RocketAHL202130.154-7➡️

Joshua Roy, who has been at the top in points per game all year, has been dethroned by Riley Kidney, thanks to a 2.75 pts/gp pace since traded to Gatineau. Sean Farrell has closed the gap in the top-3 as well with an excellent week. Lane Hutson is also continuing his steady climb to the top.

Owen Beck, who averaged 1.37 pts/gp in Mississauga, is struggling since the trade to Peterborough, averaging only 0.50 pts/gp. Here’s hoping his one game call-up in Montreal will serve as a boost. And for the first time this season, Filip Mesar has fallen to below a point per game. 

Goaltenders

And now, to the organization’s goaltending prospects…

NAMETEAMLEAGUEGPGAASv%TREND
Jakub DobesOhio State Univ.NCAA262.18.921➡️
Emmett CroteauWaterloo Black HawksUSHL132.87.897➡️
Cayden PrimeauLaval RocketAHL163.51.892⬆️
Frederik DichowFrölunda HCSHL103.25.888➡️
Joe VrbeticTrois-Rivières LionsECHL163.69.888⬆️
Laval RocketAHL44.05.871➡️

It amazes me to see how few games the Canadiens’ goaltending prospects play both in Europe and outside the CHL. It’s pretty hard to develop when you have played fewer than 20 games all year at this point! Perhaps the organization needs to focus on CHL goalies if they want to see some improvement in net at the NHL level one day?

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