Montreal Canadiens’ G Carey Price to Play Friday Against New York Islanders After a Long Personal Leave

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey PriceWe will begin against the New York IslandersFriday night at Bell Centre, his first appearance since the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

Interim coach for the Canadiens Martin St. LouisPrice had been practicing as if Price was the starter, and made the announcement.

Price, who is 34 years old, has not played in an NHL game since Game 5 in the Stanley Cup Final to the Canadiens. Tampa Bay Lightning.

Price was a tumultuous man over the next few months. Price underwent off-season knee surgery. To be protected in the future, he waived his no movement clause. Seattle Krakenexpansion draft – The thought was that his huge contract would discourage Seattle from selecting him. They didn't.

On October 7, 2021, the price voluntarily enteredThe NHL/NHLPA player aid program.

Price shared his feelings on Instagram last November: “Over the last few decades, I have allowed myself to get to a very low place and I wasn't equipped to cope with that struggle.” “I made the choice to enter a residential treatment center for substance abuse. My health was being compromised and I felt the need to prioritize my well-being for my family as well. It is something we teach our children to do. I had to do it.

Price returned to the Canadiens with the Canadiens late in 2021. But his road from surgery was not without setbacks. Price was also affected by a non COVID-related illness, which rendered him outof action. Price started taking part in team drills with Montreal earlier this month. This fueled speculation that Price could be back before the end the regular season.

He says, “It has been a long, difficult road for him. He's keen to get there. “It's great to see him on gameday,” said a friend and fellow teammate. Brendan Gallagher. He's been working hard to achieve it. He's expecting us to do our best and win a game of hockey.

This is Price’s 15th NHL season. Price has a record 695-360-257, in 707 games. This is all his career record. Price was named NHL MVP in 2014-15 and Vezina Trophy as league's top goaltender. Price has a $10.5million average annual contract.

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