NHL Rumors: Still Some Uncertainty Surrounding Carey Price and the Canadiens Goaltending for Next Season


TSN: Pierre LeBrun stated that Carey Price required to see his medical professional in New York, so why not take a trip with the group there. If he’s able to, the strategy is for him to play in their season ending if he can. And for next season?

“But I think it’s the bigger picture that the Montreal Canadiens and Carey Price have to figure out. Right now, they don’t have an answer to that. Carey Price wants to play next season, that’s the No. 1 thing you need to know. But he also has to get his knee in a place with an off-season workout regimen that gets him ready for that. And to say that’s 100 per cent, that he can get his knee there, I don’t think we can. So there is a bit of uncertainty even though he plans to return next season right now.”

Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens have Carey Price noted as daily and you’d believe his season is over.

Head coach Martin St. Louis on Price.

“I thought it was a big plus for him to fight and get back from a long year of dealing with his injury. But we knew that it wasn’t just going to be smooth sailing. There’s possibilities and I think that’s where we’re at and that’s why he’s getting looked at.”

St. Louis when asked if he’s spoken with GM Kent Hughes about the Canadiens future goaltending circumstance.

“It’s not my job. I’m coaching the team. I’ll let them do their job. They have to deal with that.”

Price has actually 4 years left at a $10.5 million income cap hit and $31.25 million income.

It would be a huge surprise if Price were to retire and ignore the cash. If his knee won’t enable him to play, LTIR would be a choice. Given his knee problems and cap hit, a trade appears nearly difficult. A buyout would bring a $10.083 million cap struck next year, $9.083 million cap for 3 years, and a $583,338 million cap hit for 4 years.

Jake Allen has one year left at a $2.875 million cap hit. Samuel Montembeault and Cayden Primeau are both pending RFAs.

The Canadiens will attempt to trade Shea Weber’s LTIR agreement that brings a $7.857 million cap hit, along with Jeff Petry and his 3 years at $6.25 million.

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