BROSSARD - With the Canadiens’ first preseason game only hours away, all eyes in Montreal are on the most celebrated crease in hockey. While the spotlight has been focused on Habs’ netminder Carey Price
since the start of training camp, for his part, the heir to the throne is just excited to finally hit the ice for his first game with his new teammates.
“I’d say we have better chemistry this year. There are a lot of great guys in the room and we’re already starting to jell,” confirmed Price. “In the next few weeks, we have to just keep working as a team.
“The first game is going to be exciting. A lot of guys here have never played in front of such a big crowd. I know a few of them won’t be able to believe it when they step on the ice for a preseason game in front of a packed crowd,” added the 22-year-old All-Star.
After spending the past few days together, Price’s new teammates already have plenty of good things to say about the team’s No.1 netminder. No stranger to solid goaltending in his nine-year career, Scott Gomez
sees a little of his former Devils teammate, Martin Brodeur, in the young puck stopper.
“It all starts with goaltending. Carey reminds me a little bit of Marty in the way he carries himself. He’s kind of laid back,” offered Gomez. “Let’s face it, Carey’s got one of the toughest jobs in the league and look at him – he’s just got that confidence. Coming in here as an opponent, there were games where he was just on. You threw everything at him and he was the reason they beat us. The one thing about him is you kind of forget how young he is, but he’s matured quickly and you can tell he wants to be the best.”
A few stalls over, fellow newcomer Mike Cammalleri wasn’t shy about singing Price’s praises either.
“I played in the West so I didn’t get to see him too often,” admitted the 27-year-old sniper. “I’ve been impressed with Carey getting to know him for the first time here. His demeanor just seems really calm and focused and like he’s ready to do the job. I’ve only know him a short time but it’s interesting to get to know him.”
Crossing over from the division-rival Sabres, defenseman Jaroslav Spacek has seen his share of Price from the opposite end of the ice. While he already had an idea of what to expect from the young standout between the pipes, even he was impressed by what he’s seen so far at camp.
“He’s really quick and he can see the open ice well. He can move the puck fast and he doesn’t give up too many rebounds,” enthused the veteran blue-liner. “You have 12 forwards and six defensemen but only one goalie so it’s tough for him. He’s always had that pressure but I think he’s ready to go and he’s going to have a great season.”Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna DenisRead alsoCanadien's lineup for Thursday's gameFour players released from training camp Philippe Lefebvre inks 3-year deal Training camp : Day 3 Training camp: Day 2 And so it begins