Montreal Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme has confirmed that Habs goalie Carey Price is set to rejoin the team next Monday.
Price, who has firmly established himself as a living legend in Montreal, took a leave of absence at the beginning of the season to enter the NHL's Player Assistance Program.
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According to a social media post, Price will meet with "athletic therapists and develop a plan moving forward."
Price, whose voluntary leave of absence sent shockwaves throughout the hockey world, will be welcomed back with open arms.
The Habs are currently in a huge slump, with only three wins in the past 12 games. There's no word on whether Price will start any games soon but his presence in the locker room is sure to be a welcome sight for a team that really needs a leader right now.
His decision to return will also certainly be a relief to Habs general manager Marc Bergevin, who was reduced to tears speaking at a press conference in October about Price.
On Saturday, the Habs will face the Las Vegas Golden Knights at the Bell Centre.
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Hockey nicknames are ubiquitous in the NHL. Pretty much everyone has one. But let's face it, most of them are just names like "Gally" — stale, unoriginal and based on the guy's last name. But sometimes, a hockey nickname comes around that's so genius and so telling of the man behind it that you just have to stand up and applaud.
Cole Caufield's nickname exists in this pantheon of genius hockey names. Apparently, the diminutive forward was dubbed "The Cock" by the one and only Shea Weber.
In a snippet of an interview on the program Spittin' Chiclets posted to TikTok, Caufield is asked by host Paul Bissonnette what "the boys" on the team call him.
Flashing a sheepish grin, Caufield hesitated to reveal the name as Bissonnette wondered out loud if he "can't say it on camera."
"Uh, yeah...I mean," began Caufield, giggling as one with his nickname would giggle. "Weber came up with it...it's The Cock."
"Why is that?" asked Bissonnette, glancing at the camera, seemingly knowing full-well why Caufield's nickname is "The Cock."
One of the show's hosts remarked "what kind of nickname is The Cock" as everyone was laughing. Caufield, for his part, said that he is "not mad about it." I mean, why would he be?
Looking at Caufield's 5-foot-7 stature, one wouldn't think that "The Cock" could possibly be an appropriate nickname. But the implication seems to be... how shall we put this... that what he lacks in height he apparently makes up for in other places.
It's another sad day in Habs land, folks. The Montreal Canadiens have announced that two players, forward Brendan Gallagher and defenceman Sami Niku, have been placed under the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.
According to a statement posted on Instagram, "both players are being monitored closely by team doctors and following the guidelines and protocols set by the NHL."
As per the NHL's COVID-19 protocol for players and staff, the two Habs players will be "be removed immediately and shall be directed to isolate and to refrain from contact with other individuals until the confirmation of their COVID-19 positive/negative status is established."
As of the time of writing, the players' status is unconfirmed.
The NHL has established extensive guidelines for managing COVID-19 in the league and has been quick to act when potential cases arise. The NHL has also established a protocol for unvaccinated players, according to Sportsnet.
In the Canadiens, there have been a few confirmed contacts with the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic began but overall, no player on the team has missed significant time due to the disease. The only one to miss a large chunk of time was head coach Dominique Ducharme, who was in isolation for part of the Habs' most recent playoff run.
Former General Manager Marc Bergevin also tested positive for COVID-19 in November and spent some time away from the team.
It has been a rough week for the Canadiens. Though in positive news, Carey Price is back on the ice at training, the team underwent a major shakeup by relieving Bergevin and two other employees. At least one person has said they're interested in the GM role, but the team hasn't given updates on its search for a new leader.
Here's Carey! After a very dramatic week for Montreal Canadiens fans, Carey Price decided to take to the ice for what looks like a short training session with the team. His short yet sweet appearance will certainly lift everyone's spirits and remind everyone to keep calm and Carey on.
In a video, Price is shown doing a few goalie drills without equipment on. While it's strange to see him on the ice out of his goalie gear, his swagger is unmistakable even after spending all this time away from the game.
Other than appearing at training for one of the first times since he took a voluntary leave of absence from the team, Price is back in the public eye.
His wife, Angela Price, recently shared a very adorable photo of her husband and daughter placing the star on their Christmas tree.
Seeing the Habs goalie with a smile on his face is sure to be a welcome sight for both his family and his many fans.
Before the start of the season, the Canadiens announced that Price was taking a voluntary leave of absence to enter the NHL's player assistance program. The news hit the team and the city quite hard but everyone was quick to voice their support for the Habs star.
Early in November, Price broke his silence on the matter and explained that he entered the program to get help for substance use and mental health issues.
From all of us here at MTL Blog, welcome back, Carey!
Habs land is a bit of a mess right now so who better to save it than Montreal Canadiens legend Patrick Roy? At least, that's what he believes. At a press conference, the former Canadiens goalie and four-time Stanley Cup champion threw his hat in the ring to become the team's new general manager. But not everyone seems to be on board with the idea.
"Would I have interest? Obviously," Roy told reporters on Tuesday. "But at the same time, I know it's a process."
"If they give me a call, I'll listen."
On Twitter, some people have been critical of Roy's outspokenness on his candidacy. TSN analyst Eric Macramalla commented that Roy should be disqualified from the job because of his "lack of restraint and respect for the process."
Roy spoke at length with reporters, declaring his love for the team and explaining how he understands the depth of the responsibilities should he be chosen as the new general manager. He said that while he still loves his current job as the head coach of the Quebec Remparts, he would be open to an offer with the Habs.
When asked if he would like the chance to win another Stanley Cup with the team, Roy asked, "What would they have to lose by giving me a chance?"
For those keeping score at home, Roy was the Habs goalie last time they won a Stanley Cup in 1993.
But despite Roy's storied 11-year career with the Habs, there seems to be a feeling among some that it wouldn't go over too well if he was appointed GM.
Some observers have commentedon his lack of experience as a general manager in the NHL. However, it's important to note that Marc Bergevin had not previously been a general manager when he was hired for the position.
With many GM candidates apparently under consideration by the organization, Roy would certainly be among the most high-profile and controversial choices for many fans.
Would you be happy if Patrick Roy was chosen to be the new Canadiens GM?