May 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) makes a save during the third period in game six of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: Who Will Be The Montreal Canadiens Backup Goaltender This Season?

It is the final day of August, and we will now finish off our vote to predict who will be in the Montreal Canadiens opening night lineup on October 8th when the Habs face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs to open the 2014-15 season.

The only position left to decide is who will be the backup goaltender on opening night. Carey Price is the obvious choice to be the starting goaltender as he is one of the top goalies in the world and is the undisputed number one on this team.

However, choosing a number two on the team right now is difficult.

Our roster that we voted in now looks like this:

May 17, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26) misses a chance to score a goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj (30) during the third period in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau

Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher

Bourque – Eller – Sekac

Prust – Malhotra – Weise

Markov – Subban

Tinordi – Gilbert

Beaulieu – Weaver

Price

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There are two candidates to make the Canadiens out of training camp as the second goaltender. Peter Budaj has been the backup to Price for the past three seasons, and has done a great job in that time. He fills in on the seldom occasion that Price needs a night off, and always gives the team a chance to win.

Budaj has one year left on his contract at 1.4 million dollars. The Canadiens now they can rely on the veteran to play well when called upon, but things got complicated during the Eastern Conference Final last season.

Dustin Tokarski stepped in when Carey Price was injured in Game 1, and played extremely well for the Canadiens. At 24 years old, he is much younger than Budaj and has shown he is capable of playing at the NHL level. He would also require waivers to be sent back to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, and it would seem a team would claim him thanks to his great playoff performance.

So, will the Canadiens keep Budaj in the backup role, or will they turn to the younger Tokarski?

Who Will Be Carey Price's Backup This Season?

  • Dustin Tokarski (90%, 722 Votes)
  • Peter Budaj (10%, 84 Votes)

Total Voters: 806

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