Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is preparing for his return to Montreal after what he called "one of the fastest summers [he] can remember."
The 27-year-old, whose season was cut short after suffering a sprained knee in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers, told La Presse he began skating "two weeks later than usual."
The delay, he admits, wasn't due simply to the injury: "There was still some general fatigue. With the playoffs and the Olympics, it [was] a long season."
Price added he's come to terms with how his season ended, sidelined while watching his team fail to advance to the Stanley Cup Final in his absence. "There is not much you can do except think about next season," he lamented.
Price posted a career-high .927 save percentage during the regular season, and followed that up with a mark of .919 in 12 postseason games. He also backstopped Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.