Carrie Price can’t play, but he’ll still be around the Canadians

Goalie is expected to spend the season in Montreal and be by the side as he continues treatment for his injured knee.

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Carrie Price is not expected to play any matches for the Canadians this season, and his football career may have passed the age of 35 due to a knee injury that was limited to five matches last season.

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But Price was in the Canadian golf tournament on Monday at Laval-sur-le-Lac and is expected to spend the season in Montreal and be around the team while continuing treatment on the knee as he underwent surgery last summer.

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Having been named to the LTIR last season, former captain Shea Webber has barely spent any time in Montreal or around the team and was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights this summer. Webber is not expected to play again with four years remaining on his contract.

Price has four years left on his contract, but indications are that he would like to play again if he can. Price’s $10.5 million salary cap will not count for Canadians as long as he is on LTIR. If he wants to play again, Price may need another knee surgery.

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“I don’t know if it’s about aging,” said Jeff Gorton, executive vice president of hockey operations Canada, when asked about Price’s condition and the possibility of further surgery. “I just think now he’s not able to play. We’ll leave it up to Curry to see where he is. But right now, as we get into the season, he’s not eligible to play, he can’t play. So we’ll take it day in and day out.”

Gorton added that he is happy that Price will be staying around the team while working on his knee.

“The players love him,” Gorton said. “He’s a very popular player for obvious reasons. One of the best goalkeepers we’ve seen in the league in a long time. So having a guy like him (around) really helps and Nick (Suzuki) has mentioned several times in our meetings that it would be good to have Curry around.” “.

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The Canadians named Suzuki as captain of the new team on Monday.

With the price on LTIR, Jake Allen will start the season as the Canadians’ number one goalkeeper for the second year in a row and Samuel Montemboldt will be his backing.

“For me, it’s a great opportunity,” Allen said. “I came here three years ago I would have never expected this. Playing behind Carrie Price, you never expect this. But that’s how things can change so quickly in this game and it’s a pity we don’t have Price with us. We are a better team with him. But for me, personally, it’s another great opportunity for me to play more games in a role that I think is in the grand scheme of things I think I’ve had more or less the last couple of years with injuries and situations. It’s just another chance to build my game and help this team, guide them to be Kind of a constant presence for them again.”

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Allen is also happy that Price will be around the team.

“I think it’s huge, not for me but for the organization,” Allen said. “He’s the tallest guy in the position here. He’s the face of the franchise. He’s so experienced in a lot of different abilities you want players. You want them around the organization. Maybe (he) isn’t there every day, but he’s there for a resource. For me personally, he’ll be It’s huge. I’m glad it’s still standing and will be just the extra hand of support for many of us when you need it.”

Allen, 32, is heading into the final season of his two-year contract with a maximum salary of $2.875 million.

When asked if there were any discussions with GM Kent Hughes about a contract extension, Allen said: “The most I’d like to say is that we’ve had conversations. We’ll leave it at that. Those things are going one way or the other, but we definitely have communication and that’s it. at present “.

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Another possibility is that the Canadians trade Allen at some point this season – especially if he isn’t signed to a contract extension before the NHL trade deadline.

“Right now, my focus is just here,” Allen said. “They wear this logo, this team, this organization. I have no control over the future. I just came here to play well, play well for this group, be a leader on and off the ice. Just try to guide them to a good place and have a strong presence there. Whatever It happened after that I have no control over it.

“I will give my best and hope to stay here for a while,” he added. “All those things on the business side of it I don’t get into much of anymore. If you had asked me six years ago, I would probably have given you a different answer. But it will come out the way it is, and whatever happens, it will happen. I’m just worried about the ice.”

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