New York Rangers striker Chris Crieder He is still despised by many fans in Montreal after an incident during the 2014 qualifiers.
It was during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, when Creader collided with Carrie Price after being tripped by a Habs defender in a breakup. The Montreal goalkeeper managed to hit the target but completed the remainder of the second half before making way for Peter Bodage.
After the match, Canada coach Michael Therin was furious at Kreider, calling it a reckless game and accusing him of targeting goalkeepers. Henrik Lundqvist immediately came to the aid of his colleagues saying it was an obvious accident.
Price will be absent for the rest of the series as Rangers won it in 6 games to face the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final.
Despite this incident 8 years ago, the former NHL coach links it with Price possibly retiring due to knee problems.
Bob Hartley blames Chris Kreider for Carrie Price’s injury cases
Bob Hartley, who last coached the NHL team in 2015-16, appeared on BPM Sports in Montreal to discuss Carrie Price’s career. During the interview, he specifically spoke about this collision in 2014 of why the Habs star goalkeeper’s playing future was in jeopardy.
“Although he would never admit it” He said. “Chris Kreider halts Carrie Price’s incredible career.”
Talk about pouring gas over an old fire. But is the accusation fair?
Truthfully, Price can only tell you if this hit has an effect. However, in the following season (2014-15), he played in 7 more matches (66) and achieved his career highs in the following categories: wins (44), GAA (1.96), and SV% (0.933).
Fabulous! If he had done it while he was injured, who knows what he could have accomplished as well.
Unfortunately for Price, the 2015-16 season was cut short due to an MCL twist. The injury appears to have occurred when he stepped on a disc during warm-ups in Edmonton. Let’s face it, a puck in warmth doesn’t make a good villain.
Chris Crieder is not responsible for Bryce not playing
Price, 35, had a tough time with injuries sustained during the Habs Stanley Cup in 2021. After having knee surgery in the off-season, he entered the league NHL / NHLPA Player Assistance Program Prior to the 2021-22 campaign. Besides his rehabilitation, it made him miss almost the entire season. He was only able to appear in five games, scoring 1-4-0 with a 3.63 GAA and .878 SV%.
GM Kent Hughes said this summer that he does not expect Price to play this season. The team then put him on the LTIR.
Blaming Chris Kreider for this is absurd.
Since that injury occurred in 2014, Price has appeared in 343 regular season games in 8 years. You can also add 40 playoffs to those numbers within 4 rounds after the season ends.
“I don’t come out with the intention of hurting anyone at all,” Kreider said in 2014. “I look back and wish I would have put him in the net. Obviously I was trying to score.”
At the end of the day, Bryce’s inability to play damages the game. Blaming Kreider for the 2014 crash doesn’t help solve this problem.