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Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price stops a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in New York  (AP Photo/Paul Bereswill)
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Price’s previous injury ‘no longer a concern,’ says Habs goalie coach


More good news when it comes to Carey Price.

After Price had said last month he was 100 per cent healthy following an MCL sprain that ultimately ended his season, Montreal Canadiens goalie coach Stephane Waite reaffirmed that earlier this week in an interview with RDS. That should provide Habs fans with at least a little bit of optimism when it comes to the goalie position after a rather tumultuous summer.

“I’m not a doctor, but all I know is that on the ice it was perfect,” Waite told RDS, as per The Hockey News. “It is 100 percent restored. We are happy and our medical staff did a great job with him to bring him to the top. It is no longer a concern, he is ready to go.”

Habs fans have had a difficult few months. With Price injured, the Canadiens quickly fell out of the playoff race. The off-season has ushered in tremendous change, with the additions of Andrew Shaw and Shea Weber, while the departure of P.K. Subban in that deal with Nashville remains probably the most contentious development in the NHL during the summer.

It is still reality right now that the Habs’ success is still dependent on their goalie Price.

The 28-year-old Price last played a game on Nov. 25, so it’s difficult to imagine there wouldn’t be some initial rust when it comes to getting acclimated once again to game action.

He is also among the three goalies named to Team Canada for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, which starts Sept. 17. Braden Holtby and Corey Crawford were also named to the squad.

Price started and starred for Canada in its gold-medal win at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, while Holtby and Crawford are established and accomplished NHL goalies.

“It’s a long-ways off,” said Price earlier in the spring, as per “I know I’ll be prepared for that.”

Recently re-signed forward Callahan in tough to make Red Wings


Mitch Callahan signed another one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, and will look to once again make the jump to the NHL in the fall.

As per General Fanager, the deal pays $600,000 at the NHL level and $175,000 at the AHL.

A sixth-round pick of the Red Wings in 2009, Callahan, who turns 25 years old next month, has only one appearance in the NHL and that was two seasons ago. He’s spent five seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the minors, where he’s posted decent numbers, offensively, with 19 goals and 32 points last season.

But he’s also dealt with injuries, such as a torn ACL in the 2014-15 season. Or a gory injury — 10 teeth plus a broken jaw — after taking a puck to the face in an AHL game in 2014. This past season, he took another puck to the face during practice, losing another tooth.

He’s made it clear in the past that he doesn’t want to be playing in the AHL, although competition for roster spots — Callahan would have to likely work his way into a bottom-six role — in Detroit will be stiff when the Red Wings open up training camp.

From the Detroit Free Press:

He’s almost certain to be exposed on waivers again, as the Wings have 13 active forwards signed to one-way contracts, plus Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou. And Anthony Mantha is expected to make a push for a spot.

Leafs sign Carrick to two-year deal, worth reported $750K AAV

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 29:  Connor Carrick #8 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 29, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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After adding 22-year-old Connor Carrick to the prospect pool following a trade with Washington prior to the deadline, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed the offensive defenseman to a two-year deal.

As per General Fanager, the deal comes with an average annual value of $750,000 — with $650,000 in salary for the upcoming season.

Originally a fifth-round pick of the Capitals in 2012, Carrick was part of a deal that sent Daniel Winnik to Washington for Brooks Laich. He spent time with the Hershey Bears of the AHL and the Capitals before the trade, and then split time between the Toronto Marlies in the minors and the Maple Leafs.

He ended up playing 16 games for the Maple Leafs, with two goals and four points, to go with strong puck possession numbers in just under 270 minutes at five-on-five. And he shows potential for even better things ahead.

Earlier in the day, the Maple Leafs put Peter Holland on waivers prior to Monday’s arbitration hearing between the two sides.

From the Toronto Star:

Holland could also face tough competition for an NHL job in Toronto, with the signing of Matt Martin, and the influx of young players from the Marlies who look ready for the NHL.The Leafs also face a unique salary cap crunch. They have about $3 million in cap space, but must re-sign Holland, as well as defencemen Frank Corrado and Martin Marincin while remaining in the market for a backup goalie.

Rangers sign Hayes to reported two-year deal with $2.6M AAV

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The New York Rangers and right winger Kevin Hayes have avoided arbitration.

The Rangers announced Friday that the two sides have agreed to terms on a new contract. According to hockey analyst Aaron Ward, it’s a two-year deal with an average annual value of $2.6 million.

The two sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 27.

Last season, the 24-year-old Hayes scored 14 goals and 36 points for the Rangers, but appeared in only three playoff games before New York was ousted in the first round by the championship-winning Pittsburgh Penguins.

Listed at six-foot-five-inches tall and 227 pounds, Hayes certainly brings size up front for the Rangers. But it appeared he needed the odd wake-up call from head coach Alain Vigneault at points during the regular season.

In late-December, Vigneault made Hayes a healthy scratch and then called him out for apparently not working hard enough in the eyes of the coach. Talk about trying to send a message.

A few weeks later, however, Vigneault praised Hayes for his improved play since getting parked in the press box, saying the young forward had a “better battle level” with and without the puck.

The Rangers also avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday with forward Chris Kreider, signing him to a four-year deal with an AAV of $4.625 million.

Nolan Patrick, potential No. 1 overall pick in 2017, undergoes sports hernia surgery

KELOWNA, CANADA - OCTOBER 25: Rourke Chartier #14 of Kelowna Rockets faces off against Nolan Patrick #19 of Brandon Wheat Kings during the first period on October 25, 2014 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
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Nolan Patrick, who could be the first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, has undergone sports hernia surgery, which will keep him from participating in Canada’s world junior development camp at the end of the month.

Patrick’s WHL team, the Brandon Wheat Kings, made the announcement on Sunday. They added that the surgery was a success and Patrick will still attend the camp.

At the age of 17, Patrick had astounding numbers in junior this past season. He scored 41 goals and 102 points in 72 games (1.41 points per game) with the Wheat Kings during the regular season and then followed that up by being named the WHL’s Most Valuable Player for the post-season, with 30 points in 21 games.

The Wheat Kings made it to the Memorial Cup tournament.

While Patrick hit the 100-point plateau, his points-per-game rate from last season falls just shy of what Connor McDavid — another No. 1 overall pick — accomplished in the season before his draft year, when he had 1.76 points per game with the OHL’s Erie Otters.