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Report: Carey Price dealing with knee injury, may miss start of season

The goaltender was left unprotected by the Canadiens.

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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.

UPDATE: It appears to be a knee injury

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.