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Canadiens Notebook: Carey Price back on the ice after his surgery
The biggest news from Canadiens rookie camp on Thursday came after the young players had left the ice following their morning practice. Shortly afterward, Canadiens goalie Carey Price went on the ice in full equipment with a member of the team’s training staff. It is believed to be the first time Price has been on skates since having arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee on July 22. “I’ve been playing with that for a little while now,” Price told NHL.com about his knee injury during an interview on Monday. “We wanted to take care of it and now I’m just trying to get back to health again. I feel pretty good. I haven’t skated yet.
The biggest question mark heading into Canadiens training camp, which starts next Wednesday when players report to the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard for medical and fitness testing, is the health of Carey Price.
The 34-year-old goalie had knee surgery on July 22 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Marx after consulting with his colleague Dr. Bryan Kelly concerning Price’s knee and hip injuries. The hip injury did not require surgery.
After the arthroscopic surgery on his knee, the Canadiens said Price’s recovery period was expected to be 10-12 weeks and that he should be ready to start the NHL regular season on Oct. 13 in Toronto.
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There was no such thing as a rookie camp for players when Rob Ramage was the No. 1 overall pick at the 1979 NHL Draft. “I was with the Colorado Rockies, who were not a Major League Baseball team back then,” Ramage, who is now the Canadiens’ director of player development, recalled on Wednesday. “It was an NHL team playing in Denver. Don Cherry was the coach … I remember the first press conference (when Cherry said): ‘Well, they better have the buckets ready to clean up the blood that’s going to be on the ice because it’s going to be a rough one.’ “That was Grapes trying to sell some sizzle,” Ramage added.
, Price said he has yet to skate since having the surgery.
“I had a torn meniscus, they had to go in there and clean that up,” Price said. “I’ve been playing with that for a little while now. We wanted to take care of it and now I’m just trying to get back to health again. I feel pretty good. I haven’t skated yet. I’m just doing my rehab and making sure that I’m ready.
“With any type of rehabilitation, you’re never quite sure how long it’s going to take,” Price added. “It’s a process that you take day by day. I’m going every day to Brossard (the team’s practice facility), doing all the things to get better. We’re talking about trying it out (by skating) soon, but you’ve got to make sure you’re ready to go when the time is right.
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“We’re doing exercises in the gym. You want to eliminate any of the guesswork when you jump on the ice and make sure there’s no risk of hurting yourself again. We had a long conversation with our doctors in Montreal before the operation, assessed the situation, and together we formulated a plan when to have the surgery and plan the rehab after it. There’s a lot of moving parts with our medical staff and our doctors but they all work together to make plans for our health, fitness and recovery.”
Price is coming off an inconsistent regular season in which he posted a 12-7-5 record with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. He was much better in the playoffs, posting a 13-9 record with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage as the Canadiens advanced to the Stanley Cup final before losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Price has five seasons remaining on his eight-year, US$84-million contract with an annual salary-cap hit of $10.5 million.
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My lasting memory of Patrick Delisle-Houde from his four years as the Canadiens’ strength and conditioning co-ordinator was from November 2018 in Calgary. After the team’s morning skate before facing the Flames, Delisle-Houde went on the ice in full equipment with a few players and was also carrying a big blue blocking pad normally used for football practices. Captain Shea Weber had yet to play a game that year and had missed the last 56 games the previous season, but was close to returning to the lineup after having tendon surgery on his left foot and arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee.