Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has passed in the group to intentionally enter the NHL/NHLPA player help program.
The Canadiens had shown Price was probably not going to be prepared for the season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 13. Mentor Dominique Ducharme said Wednesday that Price was “not doing well right now.”
Ducharme said the assumption was to move Price once more into the arrangement after the star goalie had offseason medical procedure to fix a torn meniscus.
Canadiens head supervisor Marc Bergevin said that he learned of Price’s choice Wednesday and that “the news caught me off guard.” The GM tended to the group Thursday morning. Bergevin said that Price will be away from the group for at least 30 days however that it “could be longer.” He said he trusts Price will be back with the group this season.
The NHL and NHLPA together declared Price’s choice and said there will be no further remark.
Angela Price, the goaltender’s better half, posted a message on Instagram after the declaration.
“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. 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,” she wrote.
“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.”
Cost, 34, is entering his fifteenth NHL season, all with Montreal. He’s on the fourth year of an eight-year, $84 million agreement. He was an essential factor in the Canadiens’ astounding hurry to the Stanley Cup Final last season, posting a .924 save rate. Cost is a double cross Vezina Trophy finalist as the association’s top goaltender, winning that honor, just as the Hart Trophy for NHL MVP, in the 2014-15 season.
The Canadiens will depend on Jake Allen, 31, who was Price’s reinforcement and showed up in 29 games last season. He was in the past a beginning goalie for the St. Louis Blues. They asserted goalie Samuel Montembeault on waivers from the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
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