The reign of the Guardians is over

Reign of the Guardians is over


The predictable end of Carey Price's career is another important shift in the Canadiens' recovery phase. The next starting goalies will no longer be the figureheads of the team.

Patrick Roy

Since the mid-1980s, the fate of the Habs has rested mainly on the performance of its goaltenders.< /p>

It all started with Patrick Roy, who played a predominant role in the Canadiens' last two Stanley Cup titles, in 1986 and 1993.

Even after his unexpected departure for the Colorado, the team's performance continued to depend largely on the performance of its goalkeepers.

Jocelyn Thibault

Jocelyn Thibault, whom management at the time saw as Roy's dolphin, experienced many good times.

But it was too much to ask him to put on the pads of a goaltender who was destined to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame after his career.

From unknown to stars

Jeff Hackett

Among the goaltenders who followed, some went from unknown to stars in Montreal.

Jeff Hackett, whom the Canadian had obtained from the Chicago Blackhawks in return for Thibeault, won the Molson Cup two consecutive years with a team that missed the playoffs both times (1998-1999 and 1999-2000).

Cristobal Huet

Cristobal Huet, who was an auxiliary with the Los Angeles Kings, won the trophy in 2006-2007.

Jaroslav Halak

Again, the Habs were left out of the picture of the playoffs on the last day of the season.

Slovak goalkeeper Jaroslav Halak received the same honor during this famous season when he helped the team reach the final of the Association of the East (2009-2010).

José Théodore

Prior to Price's appearance, José Théodore had been the Canadiens' most deserving player with four consecutive Molson Cup wins.

Price has nine, two more than Guy Lafleur, the last of the great forwards in the history of the organization.

Patience, patience!

The next Lafleur was not born, but a change of culture is on the horizon with regard to the style of play that management wants to give to the team.

Upon their arrival in the organization, Kent Hughes and Martin St-Louis expressed the desire to assemble a more offensive formation. But the transformation won't happen by crying rabbit.

We're talking about a team that finished 27th in goals scored per game (2.66) last season.

After Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield, it's slim among the other attackers.

The goals will come even more from the other side, the Habs being the team that gave up the most high number of goals in 2021-2022.