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'Disappointed': Canadiens' Price could miss entire season, says GM Hughes

"There was no improvement," the GM said of the goalie's injury status. "This summer, he had an injection in his knee that didn't help."

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Pat Hickey  •  Montreal Gazette
Canadiens goalie Carey Price has four seasons left on his contract with an annual cap hit of $10.5 million, but GM Kent Hughes wouldn't speculate on his long-term future.
Canadiens goaltender Carrie Price has four seasons left on her contract. Although the annual cap hit him at $10.5 million, GM Kent Hughes didn't speculate about his long-term future. Photo by John Kenny /The Montreal Gazette

Kent Hughes held a press conference to discuss the Center's Monaghan, who discussed the acquisition of Sean and received a conditional first-round draft pick from the Calgary Flames on Thursday, but the biggest news was an update on the health of goaltender Carrie Price, and the news wasn't good.

"Right now, the news about Carey is pretty disappointing, with no improvement," Hughes said. "This summer he had an injection in his knee that didn't help. I don't think Carey will be available at the start of the season. Honestly, how will he be able to play this season?"

"If Carrie comes back, I think she will need surgery," Hughes added.

This news should not come as a surprise. Price, who underwent arthroscopic surgery last summer, played only five games at the end of last season and was complaining of knee inflammation. I lost time in the race, but I was frustrated one after another in rehabilitation.

Hughes said Price would eventually be placed on the long-term injured list. Let's add the final year of the 2018 2015 2018, which has a cap hit of $6.375 million. and ongoing negotiations with goalkeeper Kaiden Primaux.

At the end of last season, Hughes said the organization didn't have a goalkeeper who could be number one if Price wasn't ready, but on Thursday, the Canadians season with the combination of Jake Allen and Samuel Montambour.

 Price's contract has four seasons left and his annual cap is his $10.5 million hit, but Hughes speculates about his long-term future. I don't.

"There's going to be a lot more to say when Carey takes body measurements at training his camp," Hughes said. I was. "After that, we'll have another press conference with Carey and the doctors." The deal was quickly closed as the cap space had to be released after agreeing to pay Nazem Kadri $7 million a year. next seven years. They were desperate to throw a conditional first round in 2024, 2025 or 2026. In return, the Flames received future consideration.

Monaghan has an injury problem. He has had both hip surgeries in the last two years. He was relegated to the fourth row last season and in 65 games he scored eight goals and he scored 23 goals.

The Flames' most productive season was the 2018-19 season, scoring 34 goals and 82 points in 78 games

directly with Sean. I didn't say it, but he seemed encouraged and believed he would be healthy for the first time in a long time. said Hughes. "I don't know if it's Game 1 or Game 4 of the season, but he's in better shape than usual." Monaghan looks like a candidate for a move at the trade deadline, as he is unlikely to make it to the 91

6-foot-2-inch, 198-pounder gun Gives Montreal center depth. He could join Nick Suzuki, Christian Dvorak, Dak and Jake Evans on the wing.

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