The Montreal Canadians will not be starting the new season next week with goaltender Carey Price. The Montreal Canadiens will be facing the Toronto Maple Leafs in the season opener this coming Wednesday. This morning the NHL and the NHLPA made a joint statement the Carey Price enters NHL players assistant program. The statement says there will be no further comment on the matter and is not clear how long Carey Price will be away from the Montreal Canadiens.
The NHLPA program was started in 1996 to help hockey players and their families help deal with mental health, substance abuse and other matters. Counsellors are available in each city with houses an NHL franchise. The program allows the players or family member contact the program on a confidential hotline.
Carey Price has not practised with his team since training camp started but has skated a few times with himself. price is recovering from knee surgery done this past July to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
Some teammates have spoken, “He’s not doing well right now, so he’s going to take care of that and then we’ll handle the rest after, stated Ducharme.
Montreal Canadiens backup goalie Jake Allen said about Carey Price’s absence, “He’s in good spirits, he’s ready to rock.”
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a press conference today that Carey price will be away from the team for at least 30 days, however it could be longer. Bergevin added, he is confident that Price will return to play this season.