Canadiens netminder Carey Price wore his heart on his sleeve today some 24 hours after veteran defenceman Hal Gill was traded to the Nashville Predators.
It was a very subdued morning skate at Brossard following last night’s 4-3 shootout win in Buffalo. The mood didn’t change much when the players made their way into the locker room.
Up until yesterday, you would have had Hal Gill’s name plate next to Yannick Weber’s locker. Gill’s locker, complete with name plate, was cleared out after the big defenceman was sent packing to Nashville.
Weber tried to make light of the fact that he’d now have more elbow room, but it was clear his heart wasn’t in it. “There’s a joke there somewhere, but it’s just not coming,” said Weber as he looked over to team mate Chris Campoli.
Goalie Carey Price said the Canadiens are going to miss Gill a lot, but he acknowledged that trades are part of the game.
“There’s no getting around it,” said Price. “We’re going to make moves that the GM feels are going to improve this team. We’re just pawns in this game and we have to learn to deal with it.”
Head coach Randy Cunneyworth was asked if he felt the decision by management to trade Gill is a signal that the team brass has given up on the playoffs.
“I don’t believe so,” said Cunneyworth. “I believe every general manager works at this time of year to improve his team. That’s the sole goal. There is no giving up, not in our GM and not in our team.”
Carey Price gets gets the call tomorrow night when the Devils come to town in a 6 p.m. start.
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