A possible end for Carey Price

Carey Price wore a black jersey and cap of the same color with the Canadiens logo. Not only his clothes were bleak, but also his future in the team.

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Despite his love of country music, Price didn’t credit “The Man in Black” singer Johnny Cash.

The day after the last game of the season and his first win, the number 31 looked solemn. He knew full well that we would be speaking to him about his future in the NHL, but he didn’t have a specific answer.

There are still too many questions about his ability to fully recover from his right knee surgery. The swelling is still present in his knee and further surgery remains an option to consider.

The price did not hide one important fact. In his routine before the game against the Panthers, he thought he might be preparing to leave.

“Yes, I had prepared for this,” he replied. It was an extraordinary day. I took a nice nap. It was an A+ day. If this was the end, it was a nice ending. »

So much for the dark portrait. But there are also glimmers of hope.

“I’m not going to lie. I’ve found it difficult and frustrating these past few months. I’ll get another medical opinion on my knee. We’re making a plan. I’ll strive to execute that plan. I want to stay positive. »

“I’ve always been a fighter,” he continued. I will not give up. I will do my best to prepare for next season. »

At 34, Price still has a contract under his belt for the next four seasons. He will earn 31.25 million by the end of the 2025-2026 season. But on the team’s salary cap, he will keep a footprint of 10.5 million. A colossal sum for the Canadian.

Price will dictate his future based on his health long before the financial aspect. When asked if he could imagine playing a 50 or 60 game season in his current state, the Anahim Lake native was once again very transparent.

“My honest opinion is no,” he replied. I don’t think I could survive a whole season. There are still many questions. Luckily I’ll have time in the summer to think about it. »

“I still have a lot of swelling in my knee. I find it difficult to execute some movements that I consider essential for a goalkeeper. Friday night I had a pretty good game. But there are routine aspects of a goalkeeper’s job that I now find more strenuous. »

Aside from his health, Price also has to live with rebuilding the team. Though he still doesn’t have a Stanley Cup ring, the No. 31 didn’t seem too concerned about that reality.

“I’ve been a habs my whole life. I feel like it’s part of my identity. I like the future of this team. There are spectacular young people and they bring energy. I can’t imagine going anywhere else. »




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Price has always had a reputation for being one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He will continue to aim to stay in the NHL’s elite. But to get there, he needs two healthy knees.

As an athlete, he is also very proud. He would probably rather do an X in his career than play at a level he wouldn’t find acceptable.

Price has only played five games this season. He recorded a record of one win and four losses with a 3.63 GAA and an .878 save rate.

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