Former NHL coach says Rangers’ Chris Kreider ended Carey Price’s career

February 27, 2020; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) drives past Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider is still despised by many fans in Montreal after an incident in the 2014 playoffs.

It was in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, when Kreider collided with Carey Price after being tripped by a Canadiens defender on a breakaway. Montreal’s star goaltender was injured but completed the remainder of the second period before making way for Peter Budaj.

After the game, Canadiens coach Michel Therein was furious with Kreider, calling him reckless play and accusing him of targeting goaltenders. Henrik Lundqvist immediately came to the aid of his teammates saying it was clearly an accident.

Price would be out for the remainder of the series as the Rangers won it in 6 games to face the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Despite this incident which happened 8 years ago, a former NHL coach links him to Price who may be retiring due to knee issues.

Bob Hartley blames Chris Kreider for Carey Price injury troubles

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February 27, 2020; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) reacts after a teammate scores a goal against Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Hartley, who last coached an NHL team in 2015-16, appeared on BPM Sports in Montreal to discuss Carey Price’s career. During the interview, he spoke specifically about that collision in 2014 as why the Canadiens’ star goaltender’s future is in jeopardy.

“Although he will never admit it,” he said. “Chris Kreider has put the brakes on Carey Price’s incredible career.”

Talk about pouring gas on an old fire. But is the accusation even fair?

Truth be told, only Price can tell you if that shot had any impact. However, the following season (2014-15), he played another 7 games (66) and set career highs in the following categories: wins (44), GAA (1.96) and SV% (0.933).

Wow! If he did that while he was injured, who knows what else he could have accomplished.

Unfortunately for Price, the 2015-16 season was cut short due to an MCL injury. The injury apparently happened when he stepped on a puck during the warm-up in Edmonton. Let’s face it, a puck in the warm-up doesn’t make a good villain.

Chris Kreider not responsible for Price not playing

Price, 35, has struggled to battle injuries sustained during the Canadiens’ Stanley Cup run in 2021. After undergoing knee surgery in the offseason, he signed up for the program. assistance to NHL/NHLPA players ahead of the 2021-22 campaign. Coupled with his rehabilitation, this caused him to miss almost the entire season. He was only able to appear in five games, posting a 1-4-0 record with a 3.63 GAA and 0.878% SV.

General manager Kent Hughes said this summer he doesn’t expect Price to play this season. The team then put it under LTIR.

Blaming Chris Kreider for this is beyond ridiculous.

Since the injury occurred in 2014, Price has played 343 regular season games over 8 years. You can also add 40 playoff games to these numbers for 4 playoffs.

“I never go out with the intention of hurting anyone,” Kreider said in 2014. “I look back on it and I wish I had put it in the net. Obviously I was trying to score a goal.

Ultimately, Price not being able to play hurts the game. Blaming Kreider for a 2014 collision doesn’t help the situation.

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