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Price Using PRP Injections To Hopefully Play Again

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Speaking to the media via Zoom after winning the Bill Masterton Trophy on Friday night, Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price dropped an interesting nugget.

In an effort to return to the ice this summer and attempt to continue his NHL career, Carey Price has been getting PRP injections in his surgically repaired but nagging knee. PRP therapy is a regenerative medicine that enhances the body’s natural growth factors to help it heal more effectively. The injections are becoming more common and used to help heal injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. PRP’s can also reduce the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medication.

Carey Price stressed that he is not giving up on returning to play in the 2022-23 season but stressed that not much has changed since he said this in his exit session with the media when the 2021-22 season ended.

“Yep. The whole day. …it was just an exceptional day for myself. I had a great sleep, it was just an A+ day,” Price replied when asked point-blank if he prepared for the 2021-22 season finale for the Montreal Canadiens as if ‘it may be it’

“So if it is it, then that would be great way to do it.”

This past week, Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes told the media that team and Carey Price really haven’t gotten any answers from the doctors and surgeons that have worked with Price over the past year.

“The only way we could have complete clarity is if we learned he could not play,” the Montreal Canadiens GM told the media in a Zoom call Tuesday. “We’ll just have to see how he responds once he’s back to the rigours of a regular season schedule. The draft is not as critical as, say, July 13, in knowing his situation. If he’s not playing, then we have the option of LTIR that we could use, but without that information we don’t have the luxury of using it.”

As mentioned above, Price was awarded the Masterton Trophy which the Professional Hockey Writers Association awards annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected in a poll amongst the 32 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. The trophy commemorates the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who lost his life following an NHL game on January 15, 1968.

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