Carey Price Injury: Updates on Canadiens Star's Leg and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) plays during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price aggravated a lingering knee injury on Nov. 25 against the New York Rangers and faces a multiweek recovery timeline, but he will not require surgery to repair the damage. 

Continue for updates.    

Price Comments on Status 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

"I am feeling well just to get the elephant out of the room. The time line remains the same to return," said Price, per Brian Wilde of CTV, who added the goalie confirmed surgery wouldn't be needed. 

Price's Recovery Timeline Revealed

Monday, Nov. 30

The Canadiens announced Price will "be out for a minimum of six weeks" with a lower body injury, adding the goaltender will not require surgery.

Price's Injury Issues Reportedly Stem from October Warm-Up

Sunday, Nov. 29

"This all began on Oct. 29 in Edmonton," Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet said (h/t Ian McLaren of the Score). "Price stepped on a puck in the warm-up, and all the injury problems have come from there."

McLaren noted Price played in that game before his first absence with the injury.

Price Placed on Injured Reserve

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Thursday, Nov. 26

John Bartlett of Sportsnet reported the roster move.

"We don't know how long Carey will be out but for us it's business as usual. We're focusing on tomorrow's game," Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said, per the team's official Twitter account. 

Mike Condon Replaces Price

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports confirmed Price was taken out of the game in favor of Condon. 

Dan Rosen of NHL.com reported the injury was the same as the one Price suffered earlier this season. Rosen noted the goalie wouldn't play Friday, but wasn't scheduled to anyway, and Price's status is unknown going forward. 

Hockey writer Ryan Biech had footage of the injury:    

Ryan Biech @ryanbiech

Carey Price injury #Habs #MTLvsNYR https://t.co/0LNsObDsem

Price Vital to Canadiens' Hopes 

This is a difficult setback for Price and the Canadiens if the 28-year-old is forced to miss significant time, especially since he dealt with injuries earlier in the season.

The four-time All-Star is well-established as one of the top goaltenders in the league, and he is fresh off an incredible 2014-15 campaign. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player and the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie in the NHL. He also led the NHL with 44 wins and posted a save percentage of .933 and a goals-against average of 1.96.

With his extensive postseason experience and his incredible 2014-15 campaign, Price was one of the main reasons the Canadiens had Stanley Cup title aspirations heading into the season.

Fortunately for Montreal, backup goaltender Condon filled in admirably for Price earlier in the season when the starter went down with injury. The team got off to a red-hot start, and Condon looked comfortable between the pipes for a championship-contending group.

Montreal will likely ask the 25-year-old to shoulder the load again until Price returns.

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