Canadiens ‘feel pretty good’ about veteran goalie Carey Price rejoining team | CBC Sports

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price was reunited with his teammates on Tuesday after a voluntary stay in the NHL’s player assistance program and will now begin a multi-step process before he returns to action.

Price, who spent 30 days in a program designed to assist players and their families with mental health, substance abuse and other matters, interacted with players and coaches at the team facility.

“It was good for me to see him and see how he is doing and for the guys too, to see their teammate back,” Montreal head coach Dominique Ducharme told reporters.

“We have a group of guys that care about each other so having him back, just on the personal side, the guys feel pretty good about seeing him and seeing that he is doing good.”

Price, who backstopped Montreal to last season’s Stanley Cup final where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, missed all of training camp while recovering from off-season knee surgery and entered the player assistance program on Oct. 7.

No official reason for Price’s decision was disclosed by the team but his wife cited mental health in a note of support she posted on Instagram at the time when the news broke.

WATCH | Price putting mental health first by seeking assistance:

Canadiens’ Carey Price voluntarily enters player assistance program

Star Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price has stepped away from the game to voluntarily enter a player assistance program. In an Instagram post, his wife wrote about the importance of putting one’s mental health first. 2:41

It could still be some time before Price suits up in a game as Ducharme said that in addition to basic training the goalie will have to complete on-ice work both on his own and then with a goalie coach before rejoining team mates at practice.

“He didn’t go to a training centre. The facilities at his disposal probably weren’t like what we have here. But he found a way to keep in shape every day,” said Ducharme.

“Physically, we’re happy to see where he is, because we didn’t really have any idea what he could do and what he did do. He kept pretty active.”

Ducharme also said it is unlikely Price will travel with the team on their upcoming road trip given all the work he needs to do to get back into game shape.

Montreal lost its first five games of the season and occupy last place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-10-0 record.

WATCH | Rob Pizzo discusses unique moments from NHL season so far: 

9 strangest NHL moments this season… in 90 seconds

Still less than a month into the 2021-22 NHL season, Rob Pizzo has already found plenty of unusual on-ice moments to discuss. 2:07

For all the latest Sports News Click Here 

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! TheDailyCheck is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected] The content will be deleted within 24 hours.