Carey Price has had a very difficult 2017-18 season. Not only did the 30-year-old star goaltender suffer two serious injuries (a lower-body injury in November, and a concussion at the end of February) that forced him to miss nearly two months, but his performances have not been nearly as good as we have seen over the past seasons.
When we look at his stats sheet (16 wins, 26 losses, 6 OT losses, 3.09 GAA and .901 SV%), it is actually hard to believe he won the Ted Lindsay award, as well as the Hart, Vezina and William M. Jennings trophies just three years ago.
What's going to happen to him in the offseason? There have been countless trade rumors surrounding the star goaltender over the past few months, but it looks like the Habs are determined to keep him in Montreal. At least that's what TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie said, tonight.
He also added that general manager Marc Bergevin will not even attempt to trade him. Lavoie didn't give more details about this whole story, but it is fair to believe his sources know what they're talking about.
It is fair to believe Price would've liked to end the season on a better note. Patrick Marleau scored his 27th because of this hideous giveaway, with just under 10 seconds left in the third period:
We reported last week that Sidney Crosby made a huge declaration about Price, and how he is certainly going to bounce back next season. Here's what he told La Presse's reporter, Richard Labbe:
I'm sure he's going to bounce back. He has been so good since the start of his career, it's been extremely hard for him this season because of all these injuries. There's so much pressure on his shoulders, especially in Montreal. Being a goaltender isn't easy. But he's one of the best, and I am not worried at all."
The Habs have suffered their 40th loss of the season tonight, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. They ended the 2017-18 season with a 29-40-13 record, good for 71 points. They are currently ranked 28th in the National Hockey League, but could drop to the 29th position if the Arizona Coyotes win, or lose in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks tonight.