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Suzuki Ready to Play At World’s, Price Likely Won’t

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The Montreal Canadiens have been eliminated from playoff contention for a while now, and some, like Nick Suzuki and Carey Price, have expressed their opinions on the option of representing their country at the upcoming IIHF World Championships.

Suzuki has played a lot of hockey over the last 18 months, but that won’t stop him from representing his country at the IIHF World Championships. The 22-year-old has had a nagging injury that has inhibited him from practicing with his team, but, once he’s able to heal up those minor injuries, it would be an excellent experience for him to learn and grow as a player. With the tournament set to start on the 13th of May, Suzuki would have two weeks to rest up after the Montreal Canadiens play their final game on April 29th before having to hit the ice,

 

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Carey Price, who has just returned to the Montreal Canadiens after nine long months, wasn’t as enthusiastic about the opportunity to play at the Worlds as Suzuki was. Although he’s always wanted to take part in the tournament, Price would likely be better served spending the summer relaxing and strengthening of his knee for the full grind of an NHL season.

It’s not like Price needs to go to such a tournament, as he’s won every major IIHF international honour you can get, with a gold medal in the Olympics (2X) and the World Juniors. The priority for Price should be his health, both mental and physical, as he prepares for what will likely be the most important offseason of his storied career. It’s one thing to come back toward the end of the season and play a few games, but, as Price will tell you, it’s another thing entirely to come back and play 40+ games in the NHL on a consistent basis, and that should be his only focus moving forward.

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