‘I feel like my old self’: Carey Price (knee) is ready to go

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The Canadiens’ 2015-16 season started with so much promise. The team got off to a 9-0-0 start and everything seemed to be going according to plan.

Unfortunately for Montreal, star goaltender Carey Price injured his knee in November and never returned. The Canadiens fell apart while Price watched from the press box.

Now, some good news.

Price was deemed 100 percent healthy earlier this summer and on Monday, Price admitted to NHL.com that he felt “like my old self on the ice.”

Even though he’s feeling good again, Price says that the injury is still in the back of his mind. That’s normal, considering he hasn’t started a game in almost a year.

The next time we see the 29-year-old may be at the upcoming World Cup, where he’ll represent Team Canada. We still don’t know how much he’ll play throughout the tournament, but it’ll be interesting to see how it affects his regular season workload.

“As you get older — I’m not old, but 29 is relative in goalie years — you like to see your number of games taper down a little bit so you are fresher for playoffs,” Price said in an exclusive interview with NHL.com. “By the time playoffs start you want to be as fresh as possible and I think even five fewer games would help.”

It sounds like newly signed backup goalie Al Montoya may get more starts than he anticipated.