The tough year for the Montreal Canadiens continues, as Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports that Carey Price has a concussion and will be out indefinitely. Price was struck in the mask by a shot in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but did not undergo the concussion protocol and stayed in the game.
With 23 games remaining in the Canadiens’ season, they’ve now seen Price and Shea Weber—arguably their two best players—ruled out on the same day. Though Price has not been ruled out for the remainder of the year, there does seem to be little incentive for him to get back in the net in a season that is already lost. Montreal sits 27 points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third in the Atlantic Division, and 13 points out of a playoff spot in general.
Price’s year overall hasn’t been good, recording just a .904 save percentage while battling injuries all season. Regardless of a return after this concussion, this season will likely go down as one of the worst of his career and one that the Canadiens will hope to never revisit. The 30-year old goaltender starts his eight-year, $84MM extension in 2018-19, and will need to be better and healthier to get this team back to the playoffs.