All about Price

Carey Price, last year’s Hart and Vezina Trophy winner, and the Montreal Canadiens are picking up right where they left off last season. The Habs may be the best team in the East because they have the best goalie in the NHL.

“This is the best team we’ve played against,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said after a recent loss. “This is the best checking team we’ve played against. This is a well-coached, disciplined, play-the-game-the-right-way team. They’re going to be a bear all year for everybody.”

Somebody, please

Calgary has gotten off to an awful start and is looking for one goalie to take the reins. They finally sent Karri Ramo to the minors Thursday. Coach Bob Hartley said he’s “sick and tired of the musical chairs. … One guy has to step up.”

Respect remains

Tampa Bay star defenseman Victor Hedman, despite being banged up on a hard Jamie Benn hit last week, said of the Dallas captain who sometimes plays on the border, “He’s not a dirty player, he’s a hardworking player, a physical player. I admire the way he plays.”


NHL bad boy Raffi Torres, finally talking about his 41-game suspension for hitting Jakob Silfverberg in the head, said, “I’m disappointed in myself for kind of losing my head for a second there, and it cost me. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it three times a day.

“I understand that the history didn’t help, either. I feel like they had a job to do. I’ll deal with it.”

Jagr ages well

Former North Stars staffer, NHL GM and current TSN analyst Craig Button on Jaromir Jagr, still going strong at age 43 for the Panthers: “He’s a freak, and I say that with the utmost respect, like Chris Chelios was, like Nick Lidstrom was when he was 42.”