Price Unlikely To Play In Montreal Opener

Jake Cooper - 08 Oct 2021

Montreal Canadiens goalkeeper Carey Price will not likely be ready to work his magic in time for his team’s season opener. According to an announcement by Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme earlier this week, Price isn’t doing very well at the moment as he tries to recover from illness. As such, Ducharme said he’s not expecting Price at practice any time before the start of the new regular season.

In addition to illness, Price is also in recovery after undergoing surgery for repairing a torn meniscus. Ducharme said the plan was to ease the superstar goalkeeper slowly back into the game once he’s made a full recovery.

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Edmundson Also Out For Count

Another cornerstone player anticipated to be out for at least two or three weeks is star defenseman Joel Edmundson, who has been away resulting from an undisclosed injury ever since training camp opened.

What Ducharme had been willing to divulge was that Edmundson’s recovery wasn’t progressing as expected. This means the time could be right for Kaiden Guhle to enter camp with the Canadiens. While Ducharme said the idea is for Guhle to gain experience during his time at training camp, the plan remains for him to be returned to Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League.

Kane Investigated For Fraud

In other breaking NHL news, San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane is currently being investigated following allegations of him having used a fraudulent (fake) vaccination card.

According to a league insider close to the investigation, Kane is being investigated by the league for breaking NHL as well as US and Canadian rules and regulations.

But the investigation is only the latest probe into Kane’s controversial comings and goings. He was only last month cleared of allegations of betting on NHL games by his estranged wife. According to the allegations, some of his bets were wagered against the Sharks.

The league has however said that it could find no evidence whatsoever of Kane’s alleged betting activities. The NHL did however add that it was looking into other allegations also, including those of physical and sexual abuse. It has apparently been agreed upon that Kane will not appear on the ice for the Shark until such time as the investigations have been finalised.

Matthews Will Be Ready For Opener

But there’s been good news this week also as Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews announced that his injured left wrist is showing a steady improvement.

He said he remains hopeful of being able to play in the Maple Leafs’ season opener against the Montreal Canadiens on October 13.

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