You can't overstate what Waite appears to have done for Carey Price's career. Price is finally realizing his potential.
I think the biggest thing Waite worked on was Price sliding too far to 1 side which would put him out of position on the other side. Price's movement left to right is more confined and it keeps him in better position to get back to the other side. Price has started out as hot as he did last year; let us hope it continues. He is a a very good goalie; let him keep this up and he could be a great goalie; then with playoff success we can finally have another elite goalie.
I said before the start of the season that Waite was the best acquisition the Habs made during the offseason (not that that's saying much when you compare his impact to Briere, Parros and Murray's). Still, glad to see the work he's done with Price. He has Price staying on his skates more, which is historically where Price does his best work. He also has both Price and Budaj playing looser and more aggressively, challenging shooters which lets them just react to shots as opposed to predicting what shooters will do (which is just asking for them to be faked out).
Waite was on l'Amtichambre last night and when asked about what he's doing different with Price this year his answer was two things. Game preparation and body language. He repeated a few times that the focus was always and ONLY on the next game. Also talked about poise and body language and not showing frustration after a bad goal to give off that feeling of confidence and control. This spreads out to the entire team and also tells the opposition that this guy is on tonight, he's going to be hard to score on. He also said that Olympics is a word they had not said once since he's met him. Thought that was pretty interesting.
Price and Budaj have never played better in their careers. That says it all
This is the most important point that people are over looking. Price playing well could just be a matter of playing well but the fact that both the goalies are playing lights out at the same time, tends to give a lot more weight to the fact that coaching is making a difference.
Groulx deserves a ton of credit in Budaj's development. Budaj had never had a goalie coach in his career in the NHL as the Avalanche's first full-time goalie coach was hired by Patrick Roy (Allaire). When he got here he was a bit of a mess, and you saw the improvement in his game late in his first season with Groulx and it carried into the shortened season last year. He's a lot more in control of his movements, though his rebound control is still pretty terrible it has improved leaps and bounds over where he was when he got to Montreal.
Groulx started as a video coach so I'm sure he broke down a lot of tape with Budaj and showed him holes in his game. Groulx has a pretty good track record with goalies who are seen more as athletic and less as technical goalies. Craig Anderson is another guy who benefitted greatly from Groulx, and he's another guy who's more athletic than technical (in comparison to a Price or Lundqvist for example).
With Price you can tell Waite had a much bigger influence on his game than Groulx.