Price is preparing as if he will continue to play for the Canadians

Price is preparing as if he will continue to play for the Canadians

Carry price He said he doesn’t know what his future holds as the Montreal Canadiens goalkeeper continues his recovery from knee surgery, but he will prepare for next season as if he were going to play.

“I’m getting ready to start ramping up and get ready for next season,” Price said on Friday. “I’ll start preparing like I’m playing. I don’t think I’ll have an idea of ​​what it will look like until later in the summer when I take all the steps to get on the ice again.”

Price said platelet-rich plasma injections are among the measures he’s taken since the Montreal season ended. He waits for the procedure to have its full effect before starting preparations.

Price has played five games this season after undergoing knee surgery and entering the NHL/NHLPA Substance Use Assistance Program.

He received the Bill Masterton Award on Friday. Voted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, it is presented annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of tenacity, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game of hockey.

The 34-year-old made his season debut on April 15 after missing the first six months and was 1-4-0 with 3.63 goals-to-average and 878 saves in five starts.

Canadians don’t expect much clarity on Price’s future until July at the earliest. General Manager Kent Hughes said Wednesday that he would like to have an idea of ​​how things stand with Price before the start of the NHL’s free agency on July 13.

“Sometimes it’s just a case of how his knee responds to additional treatment,” Hughes said. “I think the only way we can get it fully clear is if we somehow know he can’t play. Otherwise we have to go into the season and see how the knee responds once he returns to the rigors of the regular season schedule.

“But the [2022 Upper Deck NHL] The draft itself (7 and 8 July), probably [is] Not as critical as maybe the 13th of July. And knowing his situation who, if he doesn’t play, then we will be [long-term injured reserve] We can use it. Without this information, we do not have the luxury of using it.”

Price said he would like some clarity as well but knows he will have to be patient while his knee is tested throughout the holiday period.

“I wish I could tell you news and have news myself,” he said, “but I don’t.” “I’m just going to keep trying to take every possible step in order to play next year. That’s pretty much all I have for you. I’m sorry, I wish I knew more, I really do. I’ll probably feel better about the situation, but I don’t feel With that. Like I said, I will keep moving forward.”

The Canadians have used six guards this season, with Sam Montembolt (38 matches) and Jake Allen (35) Handle the majority of games.

Price has four seasons left on an eight-year contract that he signed on July 2, 2017.

Allen has one season left on his contract. Montembolt and Cayden Primo, the No. 1 goalkeeper on the Montreal U.S. hockey team at Laval, are each a restricted free agent.

Picked up by the Canadians with the No. 5 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, Price has played all 15 of his NHL seasons with them. He’s 361-261-79 with 2.51 GAA and .917 savings and 49 closings in 712 regular season games (700 starts) and 43-45 with 2.39 GAA and .919 savings in 92 Stanley Cup games.

Price helped the Canadians pull off a surprise run into last season’s Stanley Cup Final, when they lost their best of 7 series to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games. In 22 playoffs, he was 13-9-0 with a 2.28 GAA and 0.924 savings percentage.

Montreal (22-49-11) finished last in the NHL standings this season.

Price saved 37 saves in the 10-2 win over the Florida Panthers in the Canadians’ final game of the season April 29.

“It was a special day for me,” Price said the day after that match. “You slept well. It was only one day. If it was [my final game]This is a great way to do it.”

2022-06-04 04:30:05

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