Canadiens’ Carey Price enters NHL player assistance program

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Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is voluntarily stepping away from the team to enter the league’s player assistance program.

On Thursday, the NHL and NHLPA released a joint statement to announce Price’s decision, and said there will be no further comment, according to ESPN.

Coach Dominique Ducharme said Wednesday that Price was “not doing well right now.”

Price — who’s been working out individually as he recovers from offseason knee surgery in July for a torn meniscus — missed training camp Monday through Wednesday. Ducharme had previously said Price was away due to a non COVID-related illness.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said that Price will be away from the team for a minimum of 30 days, although the timeline “could be longer.”

Bergevin, who was admittedly “caught off guard” after learning the news on Wednesday, said he believes Price will return to the team this season. He addressed the team on Thursday.

Price’s wife, Angela Price, shared a message on Instagram, alongside a photo of her husband with the couple’s children — daughters Liv, 4, and Millie, 2, and son, Lincoln, who was born in Oct. 2020.

“Part of the privilege of being in the position our family is in, is that we also get a public platform to show how there is and can be a path to light for anyone who is struggling,” she wrote. “No matter what is on the line, we hope we can communicate the importance of putting your mental health first not just by saying it, but by showing up and doing the work to get better.

“Carey’s showing up for himself and our family and making the absolute best decision possible for us. I will continue to show up for him and our kids and seek out the support I may need on any given day.”

Price is in the fourth year of an eight-year, $84 million contract. He helped lead the Canadiens’ surprise run to the Stanley Cup Final last season, where Montreal lost to the Lightning in six games.

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The Canadien’s had initially planned to ease Price back into the lineup this season, following his knee surgery.

On Wednesday, Jake Allen — Price’s backup last season — was asked about Price after practice, and shed light on the goalie’s [knee] recovery.

“I think he’s been out the last couple of days sick, but before that he was at the rink every day so we all got to see him, talk to him, shoot the breeze with him and see him outside the rink once or twice,” Allen said, via the Montreal Gazette. “He’s in great spirits, he’s ready to rock. He said he was recovering faster than he originally thought which was obviously a great thing for us. Looking forward to getting him back.”

Price was selected fifth overall in the 2005 NHL Draft. He won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in the 2014-15 season.

The Canadiens’ open the season against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 13. 





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