A day after we learned that Carey Price would be left unprotected, and hours after that was made official, a report surfaced that Price was dealing with an injury that would require several months to heal, likely carrying into the start of the 2021-22 season.
Breaking: As #SeaKraken contemplate options, sources say Carey Price's health has clouded the selection process. It's too soon to say for certain, but he may miss significant time next season with a hip injury.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 18, 2021
Full details on @DFOHockey:https://t.co/1fVIXMVQYy
UPDATE: It appears to be a knee injury
Told that Carey Price is scheduled to see a doc in New York this week regarding a knee issue which could potentially lead to surgery. The hope is that it’s not too serious.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 18, 2021
The news helps to explain Price’s exclusion from the protection list — a move he offered on his own to the team and actually waived his no-movement clause after the deadline to do so — beyond just the team trying to protect the more enticing contract of Jake Allen. Seattle was surely made aware of the issue when the Montreal Canadiens’ list was revealed, and would have had that info from the start as they try to select their one player from the 30 participating teams (Las Vegas excluded).
Seattle still has several goaltenders to choose from (they need to select at least three), and it’s still not out of the question that they would take on Price’s contract and wait for him to return to health before he becomes their starter moving forward. We’ll learn what their strategy is on Thursday when they full roster is revealed.