A positive update on the status of Carey Price.
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A positive update on the status of Carey Price.

Finally some good news.

Jonathan Larivee

The Montreal Canadiens are not having a good season and there's little doubt that their performance this year has been hampered, at least in part, by the absence of star goaltender Carey Price. Price has missed all of the 2021 - 2022 regular season thus far and good news regarding his health and status has seemingly been non existent, at least until now.

On Saturday night, Montreal Canadiens insider Renaud Lavoie was able to finally provide a positive update on Price when he revealed that the goalie had resumed skating on the ice this week. According to Lavoie, Price hit the ice on two different occasions at the Canadiens training facility in Brossard, Quebec this week.

It's not a sign that Price's return to the lineup is something imminent, but it is an indication that things may finally be trending in the right direction for him after a season of setbacks and disappointments. Price was initially sidelined at the start of the regular season when he checked himself into the National Hockey League's player assistance program for what Price himself has since described as "substance abuse."

Since exiting the program Price has been dealing with several setbacks that stem from a torn meniscus he suffered in his knee, an issue that required surgery in the offseason. His recovery has not gone well by any metric, with Price having to shut things down and restart from scratch on at least two different occasions as he attempts to rehab his injured knee. Things were so bad in fact that during a press conference in January, Price was asked if there was a chance he might never play again and responded with the following answer:

"You never know. There's always a possibility. There's a lot going on over the next couple of weeks that will determine the rest of my season," said Price during his first media availability in months.

The fact that he is now back out on the ice and skating just a little over a month after making those statements has to be considered a very good sign indeed for fans of either Carey Price or the Montreal Canadiens.