Montreal Canadiens news and notes
- Carey Price says a lot of questions still need to be answered before the league can return. [TSN | Sportsnet]
- Price’s ambitions are colliding with his family obligations. [The Athletic]
- Price is 50/50 when it comes to whether play will resume or not.
Price, asked about his level of optimism of NHL season resuming:— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 25, 2020
"I have I think about an equal amount of optimism and pessimism. It's a very unusual situation. I want the opportunity to be able to play for a Stanley Cup, but I want to be able to continue living life normally."
- That won’t stop Price from ramping up training in preparation to return to Montreal. [NHL.com]
- The Canadiens netminder was named Molson Cup winner for the ninth time in his career. [Montreal Canadiens]
- In response to a Pierre LeBrun article, the Montreal Canadiens have seen fit to reinforce that Claude Julien will be behind the bench against the Pittsburgh Penguins. [La Presse]
Around the league and elsewhere
- The WHL is investigating allegations of sexual and physical abuse brought forth by a former player. [TSN]
- Other former players are lining up to add their names to the lawsuit initiated a week ago by Daniel Carcillo and Garrett Taylor. [The Hockey News]
- Dan Fritsche, also a rookie with the Sarnia Sting in 2002-03 like Carcillo, is likely to be one of them. [The Athletic]
- Val James was the first black player to ever play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the racist abuse that he suffered on his way to the top caused him to stay away from hockey for 30 years afterward. [The Athletic]
- Why does Alexander Mogilny keep getting snubbed by the Hockey Hall of Fame? [Sportsnet]
- Goalie coaches like Mitch Korn and Francois Allaire deserve HoF recognition too. [Sportsnet]
- The NHLPA is reportedly preparing to vote on returning to play. A CBA extension may also be on the cards. [ProHockeyTalk]
- Artemi Panarin says players should not report to training camps in the absence of a fix to the escrow system. [ESPN]
- Lawrence Pilut wanted a one-way contract. The Buffalo Sabres said no. Now, Pilut prepares to suit up for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. [The Buffalo News]
- Aleksander Barkov is now the third-largest investor of his hometown team Tappara Tampere. [ESPN]
- The Vancouver Canucks have issued a statement after being passed over by the NHL as a hub city.
- Disagreements between the provincial health authorities and the NHL regarding what would happen in the event of a positive test appear to have scuttled the bid. [Global News]
- Where does Alexis Lafreniere stack up against the top-overall picks of previous years? [The Athletic]
- Inside 20 years of broken dreams in women’s hockey. [The Athletic]