Price injuries nothing alarming for Canadiens, GM says

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Carey Price will see a doctor this week, but the Montreal Canadiens are optimistic the goalie’s undisclosed injuries are not serious.

“Nothing alarming as we speak,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said Thursday. “As you know, Carey played every minute of the playoffs and he performed very well. It’s certain that as in the case of the majority of players, there were injuries. 

“He’s seeing the doctor the end of this week. We’re not expecting anything major. … Maybe just six or eight weeks, with a small chance that it might be longer, but we don’t know as we speak.”

Price helped the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final this season, going 13-9 with a 2.28 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout. The Canadiens reached the Cup Final for the first time since 1993; they lost in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The 33-year-old was left unprotected by the Canadiens for the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck on Wednesday, but the Seattle Kraken selected Montreal defensemen Cale Fleury

Bergevin said he wasn’t concerned Montreal would lose Price to Seattle. 

“We had a plan B, for sure. Carey and me, we talked about it at length,” Bergevin said. “But the risk was minimal for us.”

Price is 360-257-79 record with a 2.50 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and 49 shutouts in 707 regular-season games. In 2014-15 he was voted winner of the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie and was elected winner of the Hart Trophy voted the League’s most valuable player. He has five years remaining on the eight-year contract he signed with Montreal on July 2, 2017. 

Bergevin also said center Jonathan Drouin is expected to be at training camp. Drouin took a leave of absence from the Canadiens in late April and hasn’t played since. 

Bergevin and coach Dominique Ducharme met with Drouin early this week and both came away impressed.

“Dom and I had a very good conversation [with Drouin],” Bergevin said. “‘Jo’ feels great. He’s focused and he’s ready to go, so I expect Jo to be in Montreal first day of camp.

“It’s huge. I think when Dom took over (from fired Claude Julien in late February), we saw the best hockey Jo ever played in the Montreal uniform. After that, we all saw his game drop. Knowing now why that happened, and that it’s been taken care of, we’re pretty excited to see Jo back … that’s a positive for us.”

The 26-year-old has been with the Canadiens since 2017-18, acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay. He scored 23 points (two goals, 21 assists) in 44 games last season before taking his leave, and has scored 232 points (69 goals, 163 assists) in 393 NHL regular-season games.

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