Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens

WATCH: Canadiens goalie Price takes a puck to the groin


That has to hurt. Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price took a Lars Eller shot to the, well, groin area during warm-ups Wednesday night.

Price was in obvious pain, but did return. He made 23 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Canadiens think Pacioretty could return Sunday

Max Pacioretty

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has had some bad injury luck in his young career, but he’s starting to develop a reputation for remarkably quick recoveries.*

The 24-year-old winger was supposed to miss about a month after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Jan. 26. Instead, Michel Therrien told RDS’ Renaud Lavoie that Pacioretty could be back as soon as Sunday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

That would represent a remarkable eight-day turnaround.

(It’s probably about time to insert a “paging Dr. Recchi” joke. Go ahead.)

The American-born forward was on the receiving end of an infamous Zdeno Chara hit on March 8, 2011. Some wondered if he’d ever be the same, yet he bounced back with a 33-goal, 65-point breakout campaign last season. He also had four assists in his first three contests in 2013 before undergoing that emergency procedure.

At this point, it’s tough to count him out, whether he returns Sunday or some other time in the near future.

* – Some total nerds might even want to call him “Wolverine.”

Canadiens sign P.K. Subban to two-year, $5.75M contract

P.K. Subban

Despite some tense moments, P.K. Subban signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

TVA Sports Louis Jean reports that the deal is worth $5.75 million overall, with 2012-13 paying out $2 million and 2013-14 providing a $3.75 million salary. That’s impressive work for new Habs GM Marc Bergevin, who apparently did hold strong and convinced Subban to take a deal worth just a little more than fellow RFA blueliners Dmitry Kulikov and Michael Del Zotto.

In fact, if you’re a Habs fan or Bergevin, this calls for a triple low-five (via Getty):

source: Getty Images

The team announced that Subban will join the team on Wednesday, although that doesn’t guarantee he’ll play against Ottawa on that day. He’ll miss Tuesday’ match versus Winnipeg for sure, then.

The 23-year-old has played an increasingly large role in Montreal’s defense since becoming a regular in 2010-11. Subban scored seven goals and 36 points last season, which represented a drop-off from 2010-11, but his 24:18 minutes per game showed that he was a cornerstone of the team’s defense.

Getting him for less than $3 million for the next two seasons (a $2.875 million cap hit, to be exact) is quite the steal.

Of course, it only holds off the next potential big payday, as this bridge deal covers Subban and the Canadiens until the 2014 off-season.

Montreal not budging on its two-year offer to Subban

P.K. Subban

P.K. Subban is still unsigned in Montreal and it sounds like Habs GM Marc Bergevin has made a stand.

Renaud Lavoie from RDS reports the team is sticking to the same two-year offer they made to the restricted free agent back in May worth a total of $5.1 million. Montreal has held firm in wanting a short-term deal while Subban wants the exact opposite.

What seems clear here is that Montreal is comparing Subban to fellow RFA defensemen, Michael Del Zotto and Dmitry Kulikov. Del Zotto signed a two-year, $5.2 million deal with the Rangers right before training camp while Kulikov re-upped with the Panthers for two years at $5 million.

When you look at the raw numbers, the comparison to Del Zotto isn’t so far-fetched. That said, Subban’s importance to the Habs and their future on the blue line as well as their salary cap health next season ($53 million committed to just 16 players according to CapGeek) helps give you the stalemate we’re in now.

Perhaps this situation might wind up seeing Subban traded after all.


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Neuvirth to start for Washington vs. Montreal on Thursday

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Caps head coach Adam Oates has confirmed that Michal Neuvirth will get the start in goal when Washington hosts Montreal on Thursday night.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Braden Holtby suffered his second straight loss to begin the season — a 4-2 defeat to Winnipeg.

Through the two games, Holtby has posted a 5.04 GAA and .863 save percentage, allowing 10 goals on 73 shots.

Following the Jets game, Holtby told the Washington Post he wasn’t happy with his start to the season and felt he should’ve stopped Andrew Ladd’s first-period goal:

“Whenever you let in 10 goals in two games, obviously it’s not good, but at the same time, I feel fine,” he explained. “When you break down the goals, they’re not trends or overly bad goals, other than the second one tonight, I felt. . . . I’m trying to get adapted to everything, and I want to keep improving and getting better and learning from these two games.”

Neuvirth hasn’t played this year and will make his season debut on Thursday, and rust could be a factor

While he did play 24 games during the lockout for HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga — posting a 2.51 GAA and .925 save percentage — he hasn’t faced game action since early January.

“I feel cold, but, you know, this is job I pick and I gotta handle it. I’m trying to stay positive and happy,” Neuvirth told the Washington Times. “I felt good during the practice today and I’m ready to go.”