While Price’s flu situation generates conspiracy theories, you don’t need a tin foil hat to realize that Montoya has been a rock for Montreal so far. That continued on Tuesday night, as Montoya and the Habs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 in their home opener.
It’s not as though Montoya’s being coddled by a system that suffocates opposing offenses, either.
Instead, he’s faced 30+ shots in each game, including tonight’s 36-save shutout.
Over the long term, Montreal wants Price back. They probably want to see him in net.
Still, right now, Montoya makes an argument that they don’t need him back just yet.