The Canadiens will be without Carey Price for an indefinite period of time as the NHL announced on Thursday that the goaltender has entered the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program.
The program is jointly run through the league and the Players’ Association and is set up to help players with mental health, substance abuse, and other matters. In an Instagram post, Price’s wife Angela confirmed it’s a mental health situation.
GM Marc Bergevin was unable to provide much information (very little can be disclosed aside from Price’s voluntary entrance into the program) but he did confirm that the netminder will miss at least 30 days, perhaps longer, but that he is expected to return this season. 30 days is the minimum for someone entering the program.
Bergevin also indicated that he found out on Wednesday about this so this isn’t related to the recent waiver claim of Samuel Montembeault who was brought in as insurance with Price working his way back from offseason knee surgery. Montembeault will now be sticking around a little longer unless the Canadiens decide to try to bring in a more proven second option to Jake Allen which could be tricky from a salary cap perspective with Price expected to return later in the year.
In the meantime, we at HabsWorld extend our best wishes to Price and his family.