It seems like Carey Price may be ready for training camp and resume his career in the NHL, but will he want to stay with the Montreal Canadiens or chase the Stanley Cup?
On TSN 690, former Montreal Canadiens goalie coach, Stephane Waite, stated that he’s been in contact with Carey Price and believes that he’ll be ready for training camp and ready to resume his career.
“Carey always took care of his body. He trained hard. He ate well and he always took care of himself, so I think Carey can come back. I think he’ll be ready for September,” said Waite regarding whether or not Carey Price will be ready for training camp.”But, like every goalie at his age, you can’t play him 60 games a season anymore; so you gotta be smart in the way you manage his time for the games and practices. That’s why it’s very important to have a very good backup like Jake Allen.”
However, if Carey Price is back to stay, that immediately prompts one to ask: does he fit in this new roster construction or will he want to go chase the Stanley Cup? With the Montreal Canadiens not looking to compete in the short term, a returning Carey Price would be stuck in the right place at the wrong time. With limited time left in his career and his desire to win a Stanley Cup before he retires, Waite believes that Price faces a major dilemma in returning to regular play.
“I don’t want to speak for Carey, but the one thing he wants to do for the rest of his career is to win that Cup,” said Waite regarding Carey Price’s career goals. “We’ve had a lot of discussions in the past, and the only thing he wants is to win the Cup. But he also said that he wants to win the Cup with the Montreal Canadiens and he’s very attached to Montreal and the Canadiens tradition. It’s a big dilemma for him.”
Price holds a $10.5M cap hit for another four years and has a full No Movement Clause for the duration of the contract. If Price is ready to come back full-time, it’s a decision he will have to make, as the Stanley Cup is the only trophy that he has yet to win in his decorated career.