Melanson: the jury is out...
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02-06-2009, 11:06 PM
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People are panicking about Price way too much. He just got back from a ****ing ankle injury. Before it, he was awesome. Since returning, not so much and yet people are scratching their heads? Give it some time. Ankle sprains are notoriously difficult to recover from. As well, Roy may have won the 86 cup and conn smythe but that team had a collection of great rookies, solid vets and the fortune of not having to play the league best Flyers (Rangers did that for them), Caps (Rangers again) or Oilers (Flames took care of that), but he drew questions for his play in the playoffs of 1987-92.
People wondered if he was just some reg. season wonder, leaching off a solid defensive team. Price is not in unchartered territory that Roy never found himself in. People want miracles, but even if Carey went into Brodeur mode, this team could not win a cup. There's not the nucleus for playoff hockey to do it with. Carey is just one person, but all his hype is backfiring when posters wring their hands about his "emo" attitude and struggles with some shots. We're lucky to have him, so calm down. And it ain't like Halak is the superior option at this point.
I think that you're misinterpreting the thread here. This is in no way a negative towards Price, but rather an observation that Melanson can't tap into his immense talent, trying to make him into a mold that doesn't fit rather than working with the skills he already has.
Price is a hybrid goalie who uses mostly the butterfly. Since in Montreal, he plays like Huet and that's not good. He allows too many goals up high or due to the fact that he's down on his knees BEFORE the shots are taken and with no one in front of him. This is coaching and my concern is that Price will never be the goalie that he can be with Melanson as a coach.
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