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07:25 AM ET 08.19 | What had been a mostly excellent, lockout-shortened regular season came to an abrupt halt in Montreal, where the Canadiens lost nine of their last 14 games -- and won only one playoff game while questions mounted. 1. Is Carey Price an elite goaltender? Price is certainly paid like one, topping the Canadiens payroll with a $6.5 million salary-cap charge, and he definitely has the talent to be among the NHL's best. However he has yet to reach the upper echelon of his profession, and having turned 26 this past Friday, Price is leaving the realm of being considered young. ... Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin decided to drop Price's goalie coach Pierre Groulx in favor of Stephane Waite, who helped two relatively unheralded goaltenders, Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford, win the Stanley Cup.

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August 19, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Changing goalie coaches is fraught with peril.

August 19, 2013  08:36 AM ET

What Price Glory?

August 19, 2013  09:19 AM ET

After Philadelphia, Montreal is THE toughest place to be a goaltender. Huge expectations.

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August 19, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Stephane Waite, "Take a load off, Carey, And (and) (and) you put the load right on me".

August 19, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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That's been the credo since, oh I dunno, 1995?

Been the credo since the beginning. Montreal is one tough city to play hockey in.

August 19, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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Stephane Waite, "Take a load off, Carey, And (and) (and) you put the load right on me".

I guess it depends on the Shape He's In

August 19, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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I guess it depends on the Shape He's In

He did spend some time Up On Cripple Creek.

August 19, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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I guess it depends on the Shape He's In

Sounds like everybody's waiting for the night they'll drive old Carey down...and out of town.

August 19, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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Sounds like everybody's waiting for the night they'll drive old Carey down...and out of town.

Are you saying he shall be released?

August 19, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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Are you saying he shall be released?

yes, and he can Levon the next train

August 19, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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Been the credo since the beginning. Montreal is one tough city to play hockey in.

Half the players don't speak French anymore, they don't even know the fans are are being critical.

August 19, 2013  11:15 AM ET
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Half the players don't speak French anymore, they don't even know the fans are are being critical.

Leave Scott "yo quiero Taco Bell" Gnomez out of this...

August 19, 2013  11:41 AM ET
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yes, and he can Levon the next train

so we can assume you are not on his "Band" wagon

August 19, 2013  11:48 AM ET
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so we can assume you are not on his "Band" wagon

oh I am srely at the Helm of it

August 19, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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Stephane Waite, "Take a load off, Carey, And (and) (and) you put the load right on me".

I can see by your face, Pierre, someone's taken your place.

August 19, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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I can see by your face, Pierre, someone's taken your place....

...His name is Waite, and by a twist of fate, leads his tenders to the promised land.

August 19, 2013  11:58 AM ET
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After Philadelphia, Montreal is THE toughest place to be a goaltender. Huge expectations.

Montreal is by FAR a bigger pressure pot for a goalie then Philly... At least in Philly the fans can be distracted by baseball, basketball and football... in Montreal it's all hockey, all the time, with a splash of CFL football on the side.

That said.. If Stephane Waite can do with Carey Price what he did with Nieemi and Crawford, then Price will be unstoppable. Price's problem isn't on the ice, it's between his ears! Good luck Waite, you've got a big task ahead of you... no pressure. (couldn't resist!)

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