But then it escalated to something more.
This says more about Price's recovery than it does on Desharnais'. If this was simply to get Desharnais in shape, they could have used any goalie. Using Price shows that he is onto the next step in his rehab process.
Price will also speak to the media at 1:00. It will only be the second time he has spoken to the media since his injury, and the first since he started skating.
Everything - from Price's increasing intensity to Price being named to the World Cup of Hockey roster - points to them trying to get him back on the ice this season.
There are several reasons that make this decision a good thing, especially if they make sure there is no risk of aggravating the injury.