Don Cherry didn't wait long to weigh in on the Carey Price situation in Montreal.
Speaking on his first Coach's Corner segment of the 2010-11 season on Thursday, the Hockey Night in Canada commentator said Price would never be a good fit in Montreal.
"Carey Price is a good goaltender, don't get me wrong. [But] he will not be a good goaltender in Montreal," he said.
The Canadiens decided to throw their support behind the beleaguered Price, trading playoff hero Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis and re-signing the restricted free agent to a two-year deal worth $5.5 million US.
To say it was an unpopular move in Montreal, where Halak attained deity-like status when he led the Habs to massive playoff upsets of Washington and Pittsburgh, is an understatement.
Price was jeered in his final home game last season, when he was pulled during a 6-3 Game 4 loss against Washington which put the Habs down 3-1 in the series. He was booed again at the Bell Centre during his first pre-season game this season after a shaky outing.
"Relax, chill out," was his message to Habs fans after the latest serenade. "We've got lots of time. We're not winning the Stanley Cup in the first exhibition game."
If Price struggles to start the season, it may make things really tough on the talented 23-year-old.
"[Montreal] should've kept Halak," Cherry said. "It's a shame that this kid is going to get the [bad] treatment in Montreal. They're just waiting to get him.
"Good goaltender. Should've been in St. Louis."