The Montreal Canadiens had previously stated that Carey Price was away from the team with a non-COVID illness and would not be able to practice before the start of the regular season. Today, the league announced that Price is voluntarily taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. The program is designed to help players and their families with mental health, substance abuse, and other problems.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin spoke to the media and explained that he is confident that Price will return to the team at some point this season. Today, he’s thinking of the person, not the goaltender. Price will be away from the team for a minimum of 30 days, and Montreal will go with Jake Allen and Sam Montembeault as the NHL tandem.
Regardless of what has taken him to the program, the hockey world including those of us at PHR wishes Price and his family well.