Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is not yet ready to return to the ice, but is progressing in his off-ice rehab of his knee, the team announced Friday.
The veteran netminder had knee surgery in July 2021, while also recovering from a hip injury. He has yet to play for the Canadiens in 2021-22, having taken time away from the game to enter the NHL’s player assistance program in October 2021.
Last month, the 34-year-old spoke for the first time since taking that step back, telling the Canadiens faithful he is doing well and hopes to return to play for Montreal at some point this season. Price’s last appearance for the club was Game 5 of last year’s Stanley Cup Final.
The team also provided updates on a number of other injured Canadiens:
• Forward Jonathan Drouin (who recently welcomed a baby boy with his partner, Marie-Laurence) skated Thursday and is progressing, but won’t travel with the team.
• Goaltender Jake Allen has started practicing with the team, and is progressing.
• Forward Josh Anderson participated in full practice with the team Friday and will play Saturday vs. Ottawa.
• Mathieu Perreault participated in full practice Friday and is day-to-day.
• Joel Edmundson practiced with the team and will travel to Ottawa, but will not play.
• Paul Byron is receiving treatment for an upper-body injury and is feeling better, but there is currently no timeline for his return.
• Joel Armia practiced with the team and is day-to-day, but will not play Saturday.