Jason Brough

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price makes a glove save during the NHL hockey team's practice session Monday, May 5, 2014, in Brossard, Quebec. The Canadiens play the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday in Montreal. Price sent a message on Twitter early Monday saying: "If anyone finds two labs running around Candiac they're mine." Candiac is a suburb south of Montreal. Local TSN radio reported that a caller who heard their report on the incident found the dogs and returned them to Price, and that the caller got an autographed stick in return. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

Price to miss rest of season; Canadiens share ‘detailed description of his injury’


With just three games left on the Montreal Canadiens’ schedule, the club announced this morning that injured goalie Carey Price would not play again this season.

Price hasn’t played since Nov. 25. He’d been holding out hope for a return, even after the Canadiens had been eliminated from playoff contention.

Throughout it all, the team remained tight-lipped about the specifics of his injury, but that silence ended today with a statement from the Canadiens’ head physician, Dr. Vincent Lacroix.

“Now that Carey Price’s season has officially ended, here is a detailed description of his injury: Carey sustained a medial collateral ligament injury (MCL sprain) to his right knee on November 25th, 2015 in a game against the NY Rangers. The MCL provides support to the inside of the knee and is essential for stability and knee function. Acute, isolated MCL injuries are managed without surgery. Rehabilitation treatments lead to full functional recovery. The recovery process can be long in the case of an elite netminder such as Carey, due to the high demand placed on this anatomical structure by modern goaltending techniques. Although Carey has made excellent progress and is very close to being able to return to competition, he has not presently been cleared to do so. He is expected to make a full recovery over the off-season. This injury was not the same as the one he suffered earlier this season (October 29th at Edmonton), nor in previous years,” said Dr. Lacroix.

Team Canada still expects Price to participate in the World Cup in September.

The Canadiens also announced that P.K. Subban (neck), Mark Barberio (concussion), Victor Bartley (groin/broken foot) and Lucas Lessio (right knee) would miss the remainder of the season.

Subban has not played since March 10, when he was stretchered off the ice after suffering what the club called a “non-serious neck injury.” He’s since returned to practice.

Duchene agrees that his goal celebration ‘wasn’t the right thing’


Matt Duchene agrees with his coach. His goal celebration the other night was a bit over the top.

“We talked, we had a good chat [Monday],” Duchene said today, per NHL.com. “It’s one of those things that I totally understand where he’s coming from and what he’s trying to do. I’m on board with it, and I think we all are. It’s one of those things that right away, I knew that was not the right thing. It wasn’t the right reaction. I kind of buried my head after that, even going back to the bench because I understood it just wasn’t the right thing. We had a good talk, and it’s all good.”

Duchene drew the ire of Patrick Roy on Sunday when he enthusiastically celebrated his 30th goal of the season, despite the fact the Avalanche were well on their way to losing to St. Louis, a loss that all but guaranteed that Colorado would miss the playoffs again.

“The thing I have a bit of a hard time is the reaction of Dutchy after he scored,” said Roy. “It’s a 4-0 goal. Big cheer…are you kidding me? What is that?”

Roy then went on to question the leadership of his core players. Naturally, that led to speculation that Duchene could be traded, or, conversely, that Roy could be fired.

Today, however, Roy was full of praise for Duchene.

“I think Matt Duchene is a great person, and I think when you’re willing to learn, like I was when I was young, I think that goes a long way,” he said, per the Denver Post. “That does not mean becoming a leader comes overnight. Experience makes you a better leader. I made many mistakes. I got slapped in the fingers by vets in my first years.”

The Avs’ postseason hopes could officially be dashed tonight. The Wild will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they defeat the Sharks in any fashion; or, if the Wild get one point against the Sharks and the Avs lose to the Predators in any fashion; or, if the Avs lose to the Preds in regulation.

Where could Radulov land next season?

Russia’s Alexander Radulov celebrates the team's fourth goal during the first period action of the Channel One Cup ice hockey match between Finland and Russia, in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Alexander Radulov puts up points.

That right there is why there’s interest in him, despite what happened during his last NHL stint with Nashville, not to mention a few other things that have called his character into question.

Radulov, in case you hadn’t heard, is reportedly exploring a return to North America next season. The 29-year-old had 65 points in 53 games for CSKA Moscow this past regular season — by far the most points on his team — and he’s been almost a point-a-game player while helping CSKA romp to the Gagarin Cup finals.

He’s proven he’s not just a KHL scorer, too. He has 102 points in 154 career NHL games, including 47 goals.

If he does return to the NHL for the 2016-17 campaign, it could be with Colorado. Avs head coach Patrick Roy coached him in junior, and there have been reports that Roy would like to coach him again.

But according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, “there are more teams” than just Colorado in the mix. The Toronto Maple Leafs have come up in speculation, because of course they have. The Rangers and Islanders, too. 

Signing Radulov would be a gamble for sure, but we’ve seen teams gamble on talent before. Radulov will turn 30 in July, meaning he’s running out of time to make a go of it in the NHL.

The question is, how motivated is he to do that?

If it’s enough to sign a relatively low-risk deal, don’t be surprised to see him back next season.

Sedin warns Canucks management — don’t read too much into late-season wins

Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin

The Vancouver Canucks have won three straight, and boy are some (most?) of their fans mad about it.

The Canucks — who’d lost nine straight prior to improbably beating the Sharks, Ducks and Kings in consecutive outings — have climbed to 25th in the overall standings, in the process hurting their chances of landing Auston Matthews in the draft lottery.

It’s a funny thing, having your fans cheer against you. But that’s just reality in the NHL, where there’s a clear incentive for non-playoff teams to finish as low as possible in the standings.

Meanwhile, captain Henrik Sedin has a warning for Canucks management.

“I think we have to be really careful to evaluate our team based on the last five, 10 games of the season,” Sedin told Postmedia. “I’ve seen that mistake from other teams. You go into next year thinking you’ve got a good shot at it. We’ve got to remember we’re playing teams getting ready for the playoffs and I don’t see them putting their full, full effort into it.”

Sedin didn’t specifically mention the Columbus Blue Jackets, but he sure could’ve. We all remember how the Jackets finished last season, we all remember the heightened expectations they carried into the current one, and we all know how things turned out.

The Canucks still have major deficiencies. Even with the cap space to sign a notable free agent this summer, and even though key injuries played a role in the team’s failures this season, the club has started to preach patience above all else.

“We’re in a new place,” president of hockey ops Trevor Linden told the Globe and Mail recently. “I’ve talked to [ownership] a lot about where we are, about what the future looks like. … They understand this is going to take some time, and the need to be patient.”

Quotes like that represent a marked departure from two years ago when then-new GM Jim Benning called the Canucks a “team we can turn around in a hurry.”

While Vancouver did get back to the playoffs last year, a first-round loss to Calgary showed beyond a doubt that its days as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders were over.

Related: Linden claims ‘complete autonomy from ownership,’ but perception says otherwise in Vancouver

Coach Q ‘absolutely’ expects Crawford to start first game of playoffs


Corey Crawford practiced with his Blackhawks teammates today. It was the first time he’s done that since suffering an upper-body injury (reportedly a head injury) last month.

Crawford hasn’t played since March 14, but it’s possible he could return to the crease Saturday in Columbus, the last game of the regular season for the defending champs.

“I feel pretty good,” he told reporters, per Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. “It was nice to see some shots today and be out there with the guys.”

When his coach, Joel Quenneville, was asked if he expected Crawford to start the first game of the playoffs, his response was, “Absolutely.”

That’s an upgrade in optimism from last week when Quenneville was merely “hopeful”.

Scott Darling will start tonight’s home game versus the Coyotes. The ‘Hawks host St. Louis Thursday, before Saturday’s season finale in Columbus.

For an update on Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw, click here for CSN Chicago’s story. (Neither forward will play tonight.)