That sets the stage for what could be a comeback season of sorts for the Montreal Canadiens. Price stood above the pack in 2014-15 and won the both the Vezina and Hart Trophy, among other hardware, in acknowledgment of his superb campaign. If his early efforts in 2015-16 were any indication then he might have made a run for those awards again, but he only ended up playing in 12 games.
Montreal missed the playoffs despite its 9-0-0 start and 17-4-2 record through Price’s final game. While you can debate if Price could have prevented the Canadiens’ collapse, it seems fair to say that they were hurt by the absence of their franchise goalie.
Montreal’s collapse contributed to there being no Canadian squad in the playoffs this year. We could see several of those teams take a step forward in 2016-17, but the Canadiens with Price might still be the best of the bunch.