Price (knee) will be stepping away from the team while taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. Price -- who was also dealing with a knee injury -- will now be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the Canadiens. While the veteran netminder is away, Jake Allen figures to take over as the No. 1 option in goal with Samuel Montembeault serving as the backup.
Per coach Dominic Ducharme, Price (knee/illness) won't be able to practice with the Canadiens before the regular season starts, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports. Price was already limited throughout training camp while continuing to recover from offseason knee surgery, but he's now dealing with an illness that will prevent him from taking the necessary steps to return to practice with his teammates prior to Montreal's regular-season opener versus Toronto next Wednesday. The Canadiens plan to ease Price back in once he recovers from his illness, so it's safe to assume the 34-year-old netminder won't be available for the Habs' first two games of the season at a minimum. With Price set to miss time, Jake Allen will enter the 2021-22 campaign as Montreal's de facto No. 1 netminder.
Price (knee) -- who was expected to get on the ice Monday but came down with an illness -- seems poised to miss Opening Night against Toronto on Oct. 13. Coach Dominique Ducharme told reporters, "The more we go along, we're starting to have less confidence he'll be ready for Game 1. If he's not, it won't be long after that," Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports. Given this latest news regarding Price's availability, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Habs opted to snag Samuel Montembeault off waivers Saturday. Even if Price doesn't miss an extended chunk of time, Montreal starts the season with a back-to-back, which likely means Jake Allen and Montembeault will split those contests. Once healthy, Price will absolutely take his place as the No. 1 option between the pipes, though Allen has certainly shown himself capable of spelling Price from time to time.
Price (knee) is set to return to the ice and start fielding shots Monday, but it's still too early to tell if he'll be ready for Montreal's Opening Night matchup with Toronto on Oct. 13, John Lu of TSN.ca reports. Although Price is clearly making progress in his recovery, it still seems likely that he'll miss a few contests to start the 2021-22 campaign. That notion is reinforced by the fact that the Canadiens have the luxury of trotting out a quality backup in Jake Allen until Price is fully healthy. Additional updates on Price's status should continue to surface as Opening Night approaches.
Price (knee) is expected to miss the entirety of Montreal's training camp. Price was originally expected to be ready for Opening Night after undergoing knee surgery in late July, and that still may be the case, but the fact that he's set to miss the entirety of training camp suggests there's a good chance he may be forced to miss some regular-season action, too. Either way, the Canadiens will likely elect to put an emphasis on managing Price's workload throughout the campaign, so expect backup Jake Allen to get plenty of work. Check back for updates on Price's status as we approach Montreal's Oct. 13 Opening Night matchup with the Maple Leafs.
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