The Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, the NHL’s reigning MVP, could be out for another 3 to 4 weeks according to general manager Marc Bergevin. Bergevin said Price’s recovery was going slower than expected but that there were no setbacks in his recovery.
In late November Price was given a six-week recovery timeline, now it seems that he won’t be back until late February at the earliest.
Price suffered a lower body injury back in October after he stepped on a puck during warm-up. He continued to play but was removed after re-aggravating the injury at the end of November against the New York Rangers.
The Montreal Canadiens had its best start in franchise history this season, but since Price’s injury they have now fallen out of the playoff picture.
“We have to find a way to win without Carey Price,” Bergevin said in comments tweeted by the Canadiens. “That’s a fact.”
Even with this bleak picture, Bergevin has said that coach Michel Therrien and his staff would remain in place for the remainder of the season.
“Michel knows he has to make the players better and he works at it every day,” Bergevin said in comments tweeted by Canadiens. “That’s what I love about Michel Therrien.”
So we shouldn’t expect any major changes in staffing or an early return from Price. In other words, those hoping that Price or management changes will save the Canadiens are out of luck.