Canadiens' Price resumes offseason training '2 weeks later than usual'

Aug 21, 8:54 AM

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.

Sep 15, 4:59 PM

Report: Canadiens' Price expected to be ready for preseason games

Sep 15, 4:59 PM

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is on track to be back in the crease once the puck drops for NHL preseason games, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.

Price suffered a season-ending knee injury during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, and later admitted suffering from heavy fatigue after a long season that included a gold-medal win at the Olympics. The 27-year-old posted 34 wins and a career-high .927 save percentage last season.

Montreal's first preseason game is set for Sept. 23 against the rival Boston Bruins.

Feature photo courtesy of Eric Bolte / USA TODAY Sports

Jul 30, 9:01 PM

Canadiens' Price won't begin skating again until mid-August

Jul 30, 9:01 PM

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price put together a career year last season. The 26-year-old puck-stopper started for Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympic games and won a gold medal, was excellent in the regular season, and out-dueled Vezina winner Tuukka Rask in Montreal's second-round series against their arch-rivals, the Boston Bruins. 

Price's dream season ended prematurely in the Eastern Conference Final when he was run by New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider. The Canadiens' starter hyper-extended his knee on the play and didn't return in the series, which the Canadiens lost in six games. While the injury ultimately didn't require surgery this summer, Price has yet to really test it out and isn't planning to do so until mid-August.

"I’m doing OK now," Price told the Tri-City Herald last week. "I won’t be skating again until the middle to August so that will be the true test. Right now it feels pretty good."

Price played his junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans and was in town for a charity golf tournament that benefited the Carson Kolzig foundation, which is led by former NHLers Olaf Kolzig and Stu Barnes. The tournament helped raise $180,000 for the foundation, which is dedicated to providing "education and resources" to "individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families."

Kolzig, a fellow - albeit retired - member of the goaltending fraternity, heaped praise on Price following the tournament:

He has the perfect demeanor to play the hardest position in the toughest city. He wins a gold medal for a team that had the highest expectations going into the Olympics and he delivered. He is a unique kid. Those kinds of traits in a person come along once in a lifetime.

As for Price's injury status, he's not dwelling on the uncertainty, he's just counting his blessings that the damage wasn't more severe.

"Luckily I didn’t need (surgery)," Price told the Herald. "I was lucky and unlucky at the same time. If my leg was two inches shorter at the post I wouldn’t have been hurt at all. If it were two inches the other way, I probably would have had to have reconstructive knee surgery."

[H/T Rotowire]

May 29, 11:34 PM

Canadiens' Price likely would have been ready to play in Stanley Cup Final

May 29, 11:34 PM

In the aftermath of Thursday's 1-0 season-ending loss to the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien offered an update on starting goaltender Carey Price, who was injured earlier in the series.

24-year-old Dustin Tokarski sparkled, stopping 31 of 32 shots in the loss. The duo should provide Montreal a dynamic goaltending combination in 2014-15.

Feature photo courtesy of Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

May 29, 12:01 PM

VIDEO: Carey Price takes shots at Canadiens practice

May 29, 12:01 PM

Montreal Canadiens star goaltender Carey Price took to the ice at the tail end of his club's game-day skate on Thursday. 

Price, who has gone through some light drills in full gear each of the past three days, joined his teammates late in practice and took part in some stretches:

The Canadian Olympic starter hasn't played since he was injured in a collision with New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final. He's still ruled out for the series, but it would appear that he's progressing rapidly. He even took some shots from teammates, and looked pretty quick moving side-to-side, and to-and-from his knees...

May 27, 9:48 AM

PHOTO: Carey Price skates in full equipment

May 27, 9:48 AM

Montreal Canadiens superstar Carey Price, ruled out for the duration of the Eastern Conference final with a lower-body injury, appears to be progressing. 

On Monday, Price took to the ice before Canadiens practice and ran through some drills without equipment. He did the same on Tuesday, but this time in full equipment. What's next? Being cleared to actually practice, presumably.

All told Price was on the ice for roughly 30 minutes, taking shots and running through light drills with goalie coach Stephane Waite and head athletic trainer Graham Rynbend.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien reiterated Monday that Price is out for the Eastern Conference final. On the other hand, it's the Stanley Cup playoffs, and teams are notoriously dishonest at this time of year. 

May 26, 12:46 PM

PHOTO: Carey Price skates without equipment

May 26, 12:46 PM

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was ruled out for the remainder of the Eastern Conference final, and was spotted limping and wearing a knee brace as the Canadiens were pushed to the brink by the New York Rangers. 

Price returned to the ice on Monday, albeit without equipment, and skated for a bit on his own, prior to Canadiens practice, per TVA's Renaud Lavoie.

That Price is able to take the ice at all is a positive development for the Canadiens, even if he's unlikely to return this season.

Feature photo courtesy of Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

May 19, 11:18 AM

Canadiens' Carey Price will miss remainder of Eastern Conference final due to injury

May 19, 11:18 AM

Between posting a career-high save percentage, winning an Olympic gold medal as Canadian starter, and leading an underdog Montreal Canadiens team to an Eastern Conference final berth, Carey Price was in the midst of a career year. 

But this is a tough way for that season to (possibly) come to an end:

"I'm really disappointed" added Michel Therrien, per Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. "Obviously he's our best player. Look at the incident it's a reckless play. That's the truth."

Price was hurt when Rangers forward Chris Kreider slammed into him skates first in the second period of Game 1 on Saturday afternoon. He sat out the third period, replaced by backup Peter Budaj, but remained on the bench. 

Montreal's starter for Game 2 won't be known until shortly before puck drop Monday night:

May 19, 10:41 AM

Canadiens' Price not present at morning skate ahead of Game 2

May 19, 10:41 AM

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was hit hard by a falling Chris Kreider during the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, and is thought to be nursing an injury of some sort. The precise nature and severity of that injury, however, is unknown, as is Price's status for Game 2 on Monday night.

On Monday morning in Brossard, Quebec (where the Canadiens' training facility is based), Price skipped the morning skate while backup netminders Dustin Tokarski and Peter Budaj were present (with Tokarski stopping pucks in the usual "starter's" net). So is this a clear sign that Price will be unable to play in Game 2 on Monday - as some thinly-sourced reports have suggested? 

Nope:

And anyway, there's a whole host of conflicting reports on this matter:

Speculation about Price's injury and status is expected to rage right until the warmup skate ahead of Monday night's game. It seems unlikely that anyone - and that might even include Canadiens coaches, players and brass - will know much about Price's Game 2 status with any certainty until then.

Feature photo courtesy of Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

May 18, 7:31 PM

Canadiens coach Therrien on Price's Game 2 status: 'We'll see how he reacts to therapy'

May 18, 7:31 PM

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, pulled in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final after two periods in which he allowed four goals against on 20 shots faced and was contacted hard on a baseball-style slide by Rangers forward Chris Kreider, is hurt. That much is known. Beyond that, things begin to get a bit murky.

Will Price start Game 2 for the Canadiens? "We’ll see how he reacts to therapy that we gave him today," Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien told reporters on Sunday per Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star. "And tomorrow, I can better say if (he will play), but today I can’t."

Price has been stellar for the Canadiens this postseason, his performance in the second round against the Boston Bruins a major reason the team advanced to the Eastern Conference final. 

May 18, 1:18 PM

Canadiens' Prust: Kreider's collision with Carey Price was 'accidentally on purpose'

May 18, 1:18 PM

The New York Rangers claimed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final with a convincing 7-2 victory Saturday over the Montreal Canadiens, but the greatest advantage gained may be located between their opposition's pipes.

In the second period, Chris Kreider tore into the zone at full speed and slid into the pads of Carey Price with little contact from chasing defenders. Price remained in the game momentarily, but was removed before the start of the third period and missed Sunday's practice for unspecified reasons. 

Only Kreider knows whether the submarining was intentional, but with Price's status in question, Canadiens forward Brandon Prust is calling on precedent to call out Kreider. 

The accused also appeared to hit the ice quite easily on this play last year, which left Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson writhing in pain and sidelined for six weeks.

Sticking with the theme of precedent, Prust, who had no qualms calling out members of the opposition in the past (ask Paul MacLean), chose his words rather carefully when pointing out Kreider's tendency to throw his 230-pound frame into vulnerable goaltenders. 

The Canadiens are not expected to decide who will start Game 2 until Monday.

May 18, 11:20 AM

Carey Price notably absent from Canadiens' practice Sunday

May 18, 11:20 AM

As injury rumors swirl, Carey Price did little to douse the speculation Sunday, as Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski manned the pipes at Montreal's optional skate.  

Price spent five minutes on the ice before practice with goaltending coach Stephane Waite, but left before the rest of his teammates could join him, according to multiple reports

Price was shaken up after Chris Kreider slid into his right leg on a breakaway in Game 1. He stayed in the game after being looked at by the team's medical staff, but was lifted before the start of the third period for "protection" in the blowout loss.

May 17, 4:38 PM

Canadiens head coach Therrien says he pulled Price to 'protect him'

May 17, 4:38 PM

The Montreal Canadiens were given quite a scare when goaltender Carey Price writhed in pain on the ice just moments after a collision with New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider.

Head coach Michel Therrien said Price, who didn't play the third period, was pulled to protect him, not because he was hurt.

Instead of Price weathering the storm, Peter Budaj was thrown to the wolves and allowed three goals.

May 17, 3:15 PM

Canadiens' Price pulled in Game 1 after allowing 4 goals in 2 periods

May 17, 3:15 PM

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had a rough outing in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday, and was ultimately replaced for the third period by Peter Budaj after allowing four goals against on 20 shots faced.

There was some additional concern for Price's health, as the star goaltender and Canadian Olympian was bowled into by big New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider in the second period, and initially appeared to be injured. 

While Price was briefly examined by Canadiens trainers, he remained in the game, although he allowed two goals in the last 61 seconds of the second frame.