The Montreal Canadiens announced on Wednesday that goaltender Carey Price has been placed on offseason long-term injured reserve. Price has been receiving rehabilitation for a nagging knee ailment that has kept him out for the majority of the 2021-22 season, and general manager Kent Hughes has stated that he has not made much progress. Hughes stated in an official statement that Price’s knee is still not totally recovered. As a result, Price will be out of commission for quite some time.
“Our opinion is that Carey’s knee has not responded to any type of treatment or rehab that has been undertaken since the surgery after the 2021 playoff run, and we’re not very confident that things will change short of some kind of intervention,” Hughes said in a statement. “We’re certain that we can place him on [LTIR] at this time.”
Price underwent knee surgery after the Canadiens’ unexpected run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final. Price’s rehabilitation, combined with a month in the NHL’s player assistance program, kept him out until the end of the 2021-22 regular season.
Price has gotten additional treatment for the ailing knee since then, but it has not made much improvement.
“He went through the procedure of a shot to the knee this summer to see if it would help,” Hughes added. “It did not, and we do not expect Carey to be ready for the start of the season at this time. To be honest, I don’t think Carey will be able to return this season through the rehab procedure.” The Canadiens signed goalkeeper Cayden Primeau to a three-year, $2.67 million contract the day after Price was placed on LTIR. Most notably, it is a one-way deal, which means Primeau could be on Montreal’s opening-night roster.
Primeau, a seventh-round pick by the Canadiens in 2017, appeared in 12 games with the organization last season but failed to stay afloat. Primeau had a 4.62 GAA and a save percentage of 0.868. According to Natural Stat Trick, Primeau also conceded 11.92 goals more than the norm. To make the NHL roster full-time, Primeau will have to outperform either Jake Allen or Sam Montembeault, both of whom are currently under contract with the team.