On the 5th episode of the Montreal Hockey Now Podcast, we welcomed RDS journalist Luc Gelinas on the show to discuss the status of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, the direction of the team moving forward and to help us remember Montreal native and NHL legend, Mike Bossy.
Gelinas touched on the big question in the Montreal Canadiens’ immediate future: What do you do with Carey Price? In his estimation, Carey Price coming back and playing some games this season will force the Canadiens and their franchise goaltender to sit down and discuss what’s to come in the near future.
“They need to sit with him. He’s an elite player, and I’m sure he can come back to an elite level,” said Gelinas on the impending conversation between Canadiens management and Price. “They have to see with him and see if he’d want to stick around for a rebuilding process … if he’s healthy, it’s easier to make those decisions.”
Gelinas continued to talk about the impact of Martin St. Louis since being named head coach of the Canadiens over two months ago. Although the Canadiens have dropped off in the win column as of late, Gelinas believes that St. Louis is planting the seeds for the future success of this team and getting the players ready for next season.
“The players listen to him, and he has a great ability to give confidence to his players and freedom on the ice, while also making them more responsible as well,” said Gelinas on St. Louis’ continued impact in the locker room.
Gelinas also took some time to talk about Mike Bossy, who sadly passed away last week at the age of 65. Gelinas spoke fondly of Bossy’s persona and how personable he was in public.
“He was a really good person,” said Gelinas of Bossy. “He reminds me a lot of Jacques Demers, because Jacques loves everybody, and he wants to be there to help everybody and listen. Bossy is the same kind of guy.”