Carey Price made an appearance at the Montreal Canadiens season opener and was met with a deafening ovation.
The Canadiens are settling into their new season in what is being described as a brand-new era for the club, but that didn’t stop Price from making an appearance and seeing the new guard off.
Price received the loudest ovation of the night by far and spent some time waiving and engaging with fans as he made his way out of the Zamboni exit to greet the crowd.
Incredible ovation for Carey Price pic.twitter.com/d54R5WElEq
— Marco D'Amico (@mndamico) October 12, 2022
When Carey Price ended this past season, he said he played his final game of the season like it could be his last one; and it looks like that may be the case, at least for the immediate future. For a proud and loyal goaltender who couldn’t see himself playing for any other organization but the Montreal Canadiens, Price stayed true to his word and gave his all in the few games he played at the tail-end of the 2021-2022 season. It was later revealed a few weeks ago that the Canadiens star goaltender would be unlikely to play this season due to his knee and that any hope Carey Price has of playing again would be by way of surgery.
Hughes used that foresight to immediately acquire centre Sean Monahan and his $6.3M cap hit from the Calgary Flames along with a conditional 1st round pick, and later put Price on LTIR officially in order to accommodate Kirby Dach‘s new extension. Price’s $10.5M contract will be used to help the Canadiens stay under their modified upper limit of the salary cap going into this season, and we’ll certainly learn more about his status throughout the year. However, if this is indeed the end of the road, it’s been one heck of a ride.