Despite the news that Carey Price will be recovering from his latest injury until at least mid-January, there's no need to panic.
Of course, it's impossible to downplay the importance of Price to the team. He's the best goaltender in the league and arguably one of the best players, full stop.
However, things are different this season. The Canadiens are maintaining a score-adjusted Corsi for of 53.5% this season, which is fourth in the NHL. They are not as dependent on their goalies as they've been in previous seasons.
There's really no need to trade for a goaltender, seeing as it would just be a temporary solution to a problem that doesn't really exist.
The Canadiens aren't fighting to make the playoffs. They're comfortably sitting first in the NHL standings, and will likely cruise to a playoff spot.
Mike Condon has provided solid numbers for the Habs, to the tune of a 8-2-3 record, paired with a .916 save percentage, 18th in the NHL.
At this point, it's clear that no goaltender will ever replace Price. Using assets to solidify a position that doesn't necessarily need it seems like an misstep.
Of course, there's always the risk that Mike Condon may end up being overworked in Price's absence, but as it stands he's still on pace to play fewer games this season than he did in the AHL last year.
You could argue that there's an easy upgrade to be had at the backup goaltender position, but it would likely be a minor upgrade at best.
In the long run, all that matters is having a healthy Carey Price for the playoffs. In the meantime, if they can play .500 hockey in his absence, the Canadiens will be in great shape.
The key in this situation will be to explore all the options, but unless the Habs can find a quality goaltender for a very low cost, there's definitely no need for a desperation trade.