Outside of his playoff run, Halak didn't do that on any more of a regular basis than Price did/does.
No, at that time, Halak stole many more games than Price did.
Originally Posted by hototogisu
Halak was better than Price that year and won the starting job, but he wasn't nearly as miraculous all season long as he was in the playoffs. He started most of the games down the stretch and couldn't buy us a win against bottom-feeders to lock down a playoff spot (not blaming him exclusively mind you but he was the guy between the pipes after all). It's pure revisionist history to suggest he was on another level for the entire year.
Hell, Price's regular season last year was easily better than Halak's of 09-10, so there's really no reason to pine for Halak.
Price's regular season last year was easily better? Not really. Halak had a higher slightly SV%, Price had a slightly higher GAA. Their SO/GP was similar.
I'll give Price the net advantage due to games played. He kept his game up over a long period of time. And that's amazing. But in terms of overall play, it wasn't better.
The answer to Price versus Halak right now is Price, but that's not because of 09-10 Halak. That Halak was badass. That's because Halak went on to play like Andre Racicot this year.
Punishment to Price or just giving him some rest? Considering we desperately need two points, is this the right thing to do now?
I've actually been thinking that Price needs a rest for a while now. The guy is facing too many shots. He has to rest sometime and they had to choose between the B's and the Hawks. Smart move to play him against the division rival.
Price needs a break and Budaj needs some playing time.
Only here would putting the backup in for the first time in 10 games is a source of interrogations and mild controversy.
Quoted for ****ing TRUTH! I'm laughing at people having even the slightest of thoughts that Price is getting punished... Can we give him a break every now and then? Some here would only be happy if he'd play from 72 to 82 games.