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Canadiens' Carey Price: Won't practice for two more weeks
Price (knee) is expected to return to the ice in two weeks, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Price still has a long way to go in his recovery from knee surgery, which has stalled out due to swelling at the site of the injury. Given that he will likely need multiple weeks to ramp up his recovery process if everything goes well, he shouldn't be expected to play until mid-February at the earliest.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Out through road trip
Price (knee) will not return during Montreal's road trip that begins Wednesday in Boston, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
With games in Quebec postponed through late January, the Canadiens embark on a seven-game road trip that extends through Jan. 24. Price was not on the flight to Boston, and head coach Dominique Ducharme confirmed the rehabbing goalie will not play on the trip. The earliest he could return is Jan. 27 at home against the Ducks; however, this latest news heightens speculation that he may not play this season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Out through holidays
Price (knee) is not expected to get onto the ice for the Habs until after Christmas, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Even once Price starts practicing with the team, he will need some time to get back to 100 percent before actually playing in a game. Having said that, once given the all-clear, Price should immediately slot in as the No. 1 option between the pipes, which will see Jake Allen relegated to the backup job.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Works with goalie coach
Price (knee) was on the ice Friday but does not appear ready to rejoin the Canadiens, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Price wasn't part of the team practice but worked with goalie coach Eric Raymond on Friday. This is the third step in Price's four-step process. The final stage will be having Price participate in a game or two for AHL Laval.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Takes next step in rehab
Price (knee) has been skating with a member of the training staff, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme confirmed Price's on-ice activity is the second part of a four-step process with the goalie. First was gym work, followed by on-ice activity with staff. The next steps are working with goalie coach Eric Raymond then practicing with teammates. Price could also play a couple of games for AHL Laval.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Could skate soon
Price (knee) has been progressing in his recovery and could begin skating in a few days, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
The 34-year-old has been working out and simulating goalie movement in the gym since returning to the team facility Nov. 8. There's no exact timeframe for when Price might get back on the ice, but he figures to be at least a couple weeks from making his 2021 debut.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Exam coming Tuesday
Price (knee) will meet with training staff Tuesday to have his knee examined, and the team will develop a plan for him to return to the ice, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
An earlier report indicated Price would meet with the athletic staff Monday, but that session was pushed back a day. Price appeared at the Bell Sports Complex on Sunday -- his first visit since joining the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program -- but was not at the rink Monday. According to an earlier statement from head coach Dominique Ducharme, the goalie will need at least two weeks before playing in a game situation.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Rejoining team Monday
Price (knee) will meet with the Canadiens' athletic therapists Monday to develop a plan going forward.
There's been no indication from the team of when Price will be back between the pipes, but it figures to be at least a few weeks before that happens.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Returning to team soon
Price (knee) is expected to rejoin the Canadiens upon completing a 30-day minimum stay in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program on Friday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
An exact date has not yet been confirmed, but head coach Dominique Ducharme said the team is "expecting him in town soon" after Price completes the 30-day minimum. That's good news for Montreal, which has stumbled out of the gate to a 3-8-0 start following Tuesday's win over Detroit. Price will need some time before he's back in net; an earlier report indicated the goalie would need at least two weeks to prepare before taking the ice in a real game. Jake Allen will continue to be the primary netminder with Samuel Montembeault serving as the backup.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Will need two weeks upon return
Montreal head coach Dominique Ducharme said Price (knee) will need at least two weeks to get ready to play upon his return from the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
There is no timetable for Price, who will be out at least until the second week of November. While Price takes the time needed, Jake Allen has carried the load for Montreal, starting five of the first six games.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Taking leave from team
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.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Won't practice ahead of season
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.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Looking unlikely for Opening Night
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.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Set to field shots Monday
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.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Expected to miss all of camp
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.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Undergoes knee surgery
Price underwent successful knee surgery Friday and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2021-22 season.
Price's knee issue may have been part of the reason the Kraken elected not to take him in the Expansion Draft, but it appears he'll be ready to go on Opening Night next season. The veteran netminder was tremendous in the playoffs, leading Montreal to the Stanley Cup Final with a 2.28 GAA and a .924 save percentage in 22 appearances. He'll look to build on that momentum next season and improve on the lackluster .901 save percentage and 2.64 GAA he posted during 2020-21. Price is expected to face a 10-12 week recovery.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Facing 6-8 week absence
Price (knee) is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, though that timeline remains uncertain according to general manager Marc Bergevin, Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com reports.
Based on that timeline, Price could be ready in time for the start of preseason action, which would be a significant boost for the Habs and fantasy players alike. The 33-year-old veteran logged just 25 regular-season contests this year in which he posted a 12-7-5 record and 2.64 GAA and one shutout. In the postseason, the netminder produced significantly better numbers as he went 13-9 with a 2.28 GAA in 22 games on his way to the Stanley Cup Final.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Carey Price: Not selected by Kraken
Price (knee) will not be selected by Seattle in Wednesday night's Expansion Draft, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.
There was speculation that Price would be selected by the Kraken primarily due to his immense marketability, but the veteran netminder's questionable health and massive $10.5 million annual salary evidently were enough to make the NHL's latest expansion franchise steer clear. Price is set to visit a specialist in New York this week regarding knee and hip injuries, so his outlook for the 2021-22 campaign should become clearer in the coming days.... See More ... See Less
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