So, the franchise goalie is getting another opportunity to sink the franchise. Maybe this is why it isn't wise to have your general manager behind the bench, because a GM isn't able to exclusively think of the here and now, he always has the future on his mind.
For the future of the franchise, it may in fact be a good move to start Carey Price tonight in a crucial game against a hot Atlanta Thrashers team. He did, after all, only allow one goal against them while his teammates totally messed the bed in that 2-0 loss in Atlanta, so maybe Price has this team's number.
But looked at from an objective point of view, Jaroslav Halak has been by far the better of the two goalies since New Year's and he needed to be given a vote of confidence that one bad game will not cost him his spot in front of the Canadiens net. He has to be wondering what he needs to do to get the same leniancy Price does. Unfortunately, Halak can't go back in time and get drafted fifth overall, so he appears doomed to this fate.
So what happens if Price lets in an early softie? How long does Gainey stick with his man? What do the players think of this continued reclamation project, because I would have to believe many of them feel Halak gives them their best chance to win tonight even though Price is very popular in that room.
If Price is the reason the Canadiens lose tonight, then Gainey will have once and for all proven that stepping behind the bench himself when there were qualified coaches available was a fatal error. Wouldn't the fans and media have accepted a unilingual Don Lever on an interim basis, especially if he turned the team's fortunes around? Don't you think Lever would have jumped at the chance?
I hope Price proves me wrong, that he proves all the great things everyone has said about his character and focus come shining through tonight, that this game is the one that turns around a nightmare of a season.
But something tells me I'm right.