Price Shut Down For The Year

Mar 23, 2012; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price before 1st period against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

For anyone who was hoping to see Carey Price get a shot at dominating the World Championship for Canada this offseason, it's not going to happen. Radio Canada is reporting that Price sustained a concussion in practice last Thursday and will be shut down for the year.

The Canadiens organization has not confirmed their goaltender as officially having a concussion, only stating that Price has been suffering from headaches, and will undergo further testing.

It's getting to the point where you almost have to laugh this season. Very few players have made it through the season unscathed, and some of the ones who have are being dragged through the mud by fans and media.

Peter Budaj will take over the reigns for Price and likely start all three remaining games. Budaj's play has gotten markedly better throughout the season after some great work by goaltending coach Pierre Groulx, which is encouraging for next season.

It's unclear as of yet who will get the call up from Hamilton, but Robert Mayer has been getting more starts than Nathan Lawson lately. Either way Peter Delmas is likely to get some starts for the Bulldogs down the stretch.

On the bright side, this gives the Canadiens a better shot at wrapping up that 2nd overall draft pick.

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