LAS VEGAS - Carey Price and P.K. Subban met with the media on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.
Coming off a career season that saw him break a franchise record previously owned by two legendary Hall-of-Famers after posting 44 wins and leading the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage, Carey Price
is in Las Vegas poised to collect some series end-of-year hardware. Having already tied Chicago’s Corey Crawford for Jennings Trophy honors, Price is also in contention for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the league’s best goaltender, as well as the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, presented to the NHL MVP as voted on by the NHL Professional Hockey Writers' Association and players, respectively.
“To be honest, it hasn’t really hit me yet,” admitted the 27-year-old netminder prior to hitting the links in Las Vegas with a few fellow Awards finalists. “Today it’s starting slowly to sink in, tomorrow morning will be even more so. It’s coming together. It’s always been a process. Other goaltenders my age have already had a lot of success and I feel like my career is progressing in the right direction. But I’m still looking for what I ultimately want.”
With a rare opportunity to win both the Hart Trophy– something only six netminders have done in NHL history, including Canadiens goalies Jose Theodore and Jacques Plante – Price could see his name engraved in granite when he steps into the Canadiens dressing room for the first time for training camp in September. Not that the Olympic gold medalist has given much thought to his potential place in Habs history…
“I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to it,” he admitted. “As an athlete, you just want to improve your numbers and get better every season. Hopefully I can continue doing that.”
P.K. Subban is no stranger to the NHL Awards, but Wednesday’s show in Las Vegas will still be a unique experience for the 26-year-old blue-liner. When Subban won the first Norris Trophy of his career following the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, he flew to Chicago to accept the award prior to a Stanley Cup Finals game between the Blackhawks and the Bruins. While he could potentially become just the third defenseman in Canadiens history to win the Norris more than once, after Doug Harvey (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961) and Larry Robinson (1977, 1980), Subban admits that it really is an honor just to be vying for the end-of-year prize.
“The last time, we didn’t have the awards show and the TV cameras leading up to it, so it’s a little bit of a different experience for me this time around, but I’m just so happy to be here,” shared Subban, who had a career-high 15 goals and 60 points this season. “I think my family and friends are all enjoying the process of being a Norris Trophy nominee and being a part of the NHL Awards. They’re all coming in today and they’re all excited. It’s pretty amazing to be a nominee for a trophy.
“I’m 26 years old and in the first five years of my career…two out of five isn’t bad. It seems like I’m doing something right,” he added with a laugh. “There are players who are great and some of the best players in the world aren’t here. Whether they’re nominees or they’re going to be award winners, it’s a privilege to be here and be a part of this so I’m just enjoying the experience.”Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com. SEE ALSO:RAW: PRICE
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