I'm just wondering, because there are a lot of reasons why that might be the case.
The Roy style arm-raising at the mock cheers from the crowd during Wednesday's Game 4 beating at the hands of the Bruins was just the last sign in a long line of lowlights for the young goalie this year.
Not to overreact about one, singular moment in a long season full of letdowns, but Carey Price's reaction - to me at least - looked like a kid who was already fed up of the demands of being not only the number one goalie for the Montreal Canadiens, but the saviour of a franchise that now looks to be in dire need of one.
In a perfect world, Price wouldn't even be near his prime right now and the Canadiens would still be molding him for the starting role after a full season in Hamilton and platoon situation this year. But that's just not how it works in the salary cap NHL, and if you believe you have a stud rookie who can play on an entry level deal, you have no choice but to play him.
Last year's playoffs hinted that Price wasn't ready, and this season only confirmed it. Not to say he played poorly on Wednesday, because he didn't. The only goal he really had a chance on was Phil Kessel's, and even that came on a breakaway. But the total regression he had since January and the off-ice rumours that have been swirling about him make me wonder if he could ever realize his full potential in Montreal.
Because Price does indeed have potential. Tons of it. But will he ever be able to forget this year and put it behind him, let alone grow from it? Not too sure, and he's still a pretty decent trade chip should the Habs decide to go that route.
But who will be making that call? Bob Gainey had a lot of pressure to produce a winning team this season and he didn't deliver. Even firing Guy Carbonneau didn't work, though I've really grown tired of the idiots who chant his name at the Bell Centre because they're the same people who were calling for his head when he still had the job. Though the reasons for Gainey's failure were largely out of his control - injuries and young players being stupid chief among them - it is still Gainey that will have to answer for this disappointing season.
The only thing that might save him is the unstable ownership situation, because any incoming owner may want a name GM attached to the team, but this would be a pretty ideal situation for a new manager to walk into with a pretty clean slate to work with.