Carey Price sidelined at least six weeks, won’t require surgery to repair injury

Jared Clinton
Carey Price (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens have already been without netminder Carey Price for more than one-third of the season, and after tweaking a prior injury, Price is going to be out much longer.

The Canadiens announced Monday morning that Price will be out for a minimum of six weeks, and while the injury will take a significant amount of time to heal, no surgery will be required. Over the weekend, Price met with team doctors and it was expected there would be an update early this week, but few would have expected Price, who was originally said to be out at least one week, would be sidelined for close to two months.

An exact ailment still hasn’t been announced by Montreal, but Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday that Price, 28, injured himself in the warmup before the Canadiens’ Oct. 29 contest against the Edmonton Oilers. The Canadiens were out for the pre-game skate when Price stepped on a puck. That seemingly innocuous moment has led to Price watching from the sidelines for 11 of Montreal’s past 14 outings, and will likely keep him sidelined until the second half of the season. Read more

With Carey Price out, Habs should look at trading for James Reimer

Carey Price  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Montreal Canadiens backup goalie Mike Condon will get the start Friday night when the Canadiens visit the New Jersey Devils, which apparently would have been the case had reigning MVP and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price not left Wednesday night’s win over the New York Rangers with a right leg injury.

Condon proved that in the short term that he could be almost as good as the No. 1 man, going 4-0-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average and registering a .932 save percentage in the first six games he played after taking over the net when Price went down with an upper body injury in October.

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Canadiens reward ‘excellent’ GM Bergevin with multi-year extension

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Marc Bergevin took over as the Montreal Canadiens’ GM in May 2012, and has since built a team that has made the post-season for three consecutive seasons and has been a strong contender for the Stanley Cup in each of the past two campaigns. Bergevin’s hard work hasn’t been lost on the Canadiens, as the club announced Wednesday they have signed him to a multi-year contract extension.

Per the Canadiens, Bergevin’s new extension will keep him with the organization through to the end of the 2021-22 season. This season marks the fourth year of Bergevin’s five-year deal as Montreal’s GM, and the extension adds another four seasons to his post at the helm of one of the league’s most storied franchises. Read more

Gallagher out ‘at least’ six weeks, Canadiens turn to Smith-Pelly on top line

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Brendan Gallagher (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

From the moment Brendan Gallagher flipped off his glove after blocking a shot by Johnny Boychuk, Montreal Canadiens fans knew Gallagher was likely to be on the sidelines for an extended period. Following surgery Monday, Habs fans now have a timeline for Gallagher’s return.

The Canadiens announced Monday the 23-year-old right winger will be sidelined “at least” six weeks. Montreal had already announced that Gallagher had broken two fingers on his left hand after the blocked shot, and the timeline for his returns comes after surgery was completed.

A number of Canadiens players told’s Arpon Basu how much Gallagher, an alternate captain in Montreal, meant to the team. Coach Michel Therrien, however, said that no matter what Gallagher’s role is and has been this season the Habs can’t use his injury as any reason to start to slide down the standings. Read more

Maple Leafs no longer NHL’s most valuable franchise. Who’s new No. 1?

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The Rangers celebrate (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

After making the post-season only once in the past decade, the Toronto Maple Leafs have officially fallen out of the top spot on Forbes NHL team valuations.

The Maple Leafs, who have sat atop the list since 2006, didn’t just drop one spot, though. According to Forbes, Toronto has slipped to third when it comes to franchise valuation and have seen their worth slip 12 percent since last season. On this year’s list, the New York Rangers have taken over the top spot thanks to a nine percent increase in value change and the second-highest earnings in the league this past season.

Forbes stated the value of the Rangers is $1.2 billion, which makes them the highest standing of the league’s three billion-dollar franchises, with Montreal sitting in second place at a valuation of $1.18 billion. The Canadiens, Forbes wrote, out earned all clubs with $91.3 million coming in this past season. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Travis Hamonic expands list of trade destinations to Wild, Avalanche

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Travis Hamonic. (Getty Images)

The New York Islanders’ efforts to honor defenseman Travis Hamonic’s trade request continues to dominate the NHL rumor mill. There’s growing consensus among the pundits that it could take time for GM Garth Snow to find a suitable deal.

While the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets are considered the likely destinations for Hamonic, finding the right return is another matter. Snow’s asking price is believed to be a comparable defenseman.

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Canadiens’ Winter Classic alumni roster features Robinson, Carbonneau and Kovalev

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Alex Kovalev scored 430 career goals in the NHL. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The beauty of the Winter Classic pitting the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens — aside from the obvious rivalry — is the alumni lists are long and incredibly talented. The alumni lists also span generations, which means stars of the 1980s can play alongside those who hung up the skates as few as two seasons ago.

Sunday evening, legendary Canadiens bench boss Jaques Demers announced the roster for Montreal’s alumni team at the Winter Classic, and there are several legendary names among the ranks. One of the highlights, though, is seeing the likes of 1970s star blueliner Larry Robinson suiting up on the same team as those who made their names in the 1990s and 2000s, such as Alexei Kovalev and Jose Theodore. Read more