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:
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau
Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher
Bourque – Eller – Sekac
Prust – Malhotra – Weise
Markov – Subban
Tinordi – Gilbert
Beaulieu – Weaver
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