Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price skated in full equipment prior to the Canadiens’ game-day skate Saturday.
Per John Lu of TSN and Renaud Lavoie of TVA, the Canadiens netminder went out on the ice in Brossard for about ten minutes but he did not take any shots. Carey Price has yet to play a game this season after offseason knee surgery and then entering himself into the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program just as the 2021-22 regular season was about to begin.
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Following the team’s game-day skate in advance of their tilt with newly signed Evander Kane and the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme didn’t provide any new updates on Price except for the reason he skated today and will do so tomorrow. With the Montreal Canadiens about to have an eight-day break that will see all team facilities shut down for a week starting Monday, the team and Carey Price wanted to get him some time on the ice after not skating since mid-December.
Carey Price hasn’t addressed the media since the Canadiens’ exit meetings last July after they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final. Ducharme has seemingly grown tired of giving update-non-updates to reporters as he snapped at Lu earlier in the week.
“Let’s talk hockey,” a frustrated Ducharme said when asked when Price could return to the ice. “And I think, if you have questions about that, I think [Vice President of Communications Chantal Machabee] is there to clarify things.”
When pressed more and asked if Carey Price and the team may just decide to shut him down for the season, Ducharme was non-commital.
“[There’s] nothing right now. That’s not my department. They look at him every day,” the Habs bench boss said.
However, Canadiens goaltending coach Eric Raymond opened up a bit more on Price’s status earlier that day. Raymond said that, like the team and their fans, Price is definitely frustrated. Whether it’s been COVID pauses or setbacks, the road back for Carey Price has had plenty of speed bumps and the road ahead is foggy at best at this point.
“Right now, he doesn’t have the green light to come on the ice with me to start doing goalie drills,” said Raymond. “Like everyone else, he wants to come back. He wants to play hockey, and we all hope he will.”