Carey Price

Habs need bounceback from Price


For Carey Price, the 2013 season officially came off the rails on Saturday, April 4, in Toronto.

In front of a national Canadian TV audience, Price allowed three goals on four Maple Leafs shots before getting pulled.

One of the goals looked like this:

And that was only the beginning of the nightmare stretch. In his next outing, Price surrendered six goals on 29 Philadelphia shots before once again getting the hook.

There were more rough outings to come, including in the Habs’ brief playoff appearance.

Price, 25, had actually started the shortened season quite well, putting up especially strong numbers in January and February and earning a decent amount of Vezina Trophy buzz.

But that seems like a long time ago now, and Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin knows it’s on the organization to help its struggling netminder.

“Goaltending’s a difficult position, very demanding,” said Bergevin. “So it’s normal that a young player feels pressure.

“We’ll do everything we can to make sure he gets through this stage.”

Certainly a strong start would go a long way toward attaining that objective; otherwise, the Montreal spotlight will only burn hotter.

“When you’re winning here there’s no better place to play,” Price said. “But when you’re not playing well here it’s definitely tough.”

Price is signed through 2017-18, with a big $6.5 million cap hit. No other Canadien has a bigger contract than that.

Of note, Montreal opens the 2013-14 regular season with two home games against — you guessed it — Toronto and Philadelphia.

Another Sabre hurt: Gionta (lower body) day-to-day

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On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.

Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.

The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.

There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.

Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.

Blues put Berglund on LTIR, use savings to sign Gomez

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As was the case last season, Scott Gomez accepted a professional tryout offer because he went unsigned over the summer and once again he has used that opportunity to extend his career.

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have signed Gomez to a one-year contract. They didn’t disclose the financial terms, but it’s a two-way deal that comes with a base salary of $575K at the NHL level, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

In order to free up the space necessary to sign him, St. Louis moved Patrik Berglund to the long-term injured reserve list. Berglund had shoulder surgery in August and isn’t expected to be available until January.

Gomez, 35, is coming off of a resurgence campaign where he recorded 34 points in 58 games on a Devils’ team that finished near the bottom of the pack offensively. The two-time Stanley Cup champion will be bringing more than a 1,000 games worth of NHL experience to St. Louis.

He’s not the only veteran forward to make the team off of a PTO as the Blues signed Scottie Upshall on Monday.