Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price took to the ice yet again for on-ice training and looked to be in good form. TVA Sports reporter Renaud Lavoie confirmed yesterday that not only was Price continuing to train at the Canadiens’ Brossard facility throughout this week but that he was aiming to return in April to play a few games before the end of the season.
Price hasn’t played all season due to many setbacks in his rehab training and a covid-19 lockdown, but he looks primed and motivated to make a return in the next month. Price underwent knee surgery back on July 23 to repair a torn meniscus after having played through the injury during the Canadiens’ improbable 2021 playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Price was on his way to rehabbing his knee and coming back to form in September but bravely checked himself into the NHL Player Assistance Program on October 7.
Carey Price semble de plus en plus à l'aise sur la patinoire! 💪
Pourrait-il être de retour au jeu prochainement? pic.twitter.com/dlzZD7k539
— Hockey 360 (@hockey360) March 9, 2022
The Long Road To Recovery
Price acknowledged during his most recent press conference on January 30 that the road has been a tough and long one, but the support of the fans and his family drove him to persevere and push to play this season.
“It was very difficult,” Price said when asked about what led to making the life-altering decision. “I was in a position where I definitely needed to reach out & it was a trying time for sure…It was one that needed to be made, and ultimately it was successful. Very thankful for the help that I got. I’ve had quite the journey, obviously, at the start of this season, and it would’ve been a lot more difficult if I hadn’t had such a warm sense of encouragement from everyone.”
Focused on Being a Montreal Canadiens
With Price now seemingly both mentally and physically healthy, his main goal is coming back and playing for the Montreal Canadiens this season and he wouldn’t see it any other way.
“Being a goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens has been my life for over a decade; it’s part of my identity,” explained Price during his most recent press conference on January 30. “Ending the season on such a disappointing note last year, I just want to get back in there and continue playing. And to be able to put that sweater on again is something that is keeping me motivated at this point.”
With a return seemingly on the horizon, it looks quite likely that he will continue to represent the Montreal Canadiens. His return to health and performances during those games will go a long way in helping general manager Kent Hughes and executive vice president Jeff Gorton decide what to do with the team’s franchise player. Whether or not Price fits in the plans of the upcoming roster transformation, one can’t help but root for him to return to form in the very near future.