Carey Price out with “severe flu,” placed on IR

The Canadiens goaltender is at home and being evaluated by the team doctor

The Montreal Canadiens provided some clarity surrounding the health of their star goaltender Carey Price with a press release this afternoon.

The fact that Price is taking antibiotics is odd as that is generally to fight bacteria and not a flu but the Habs are toeing the line between letting the public know and keeping Price’s health private.

The good news is that if he is at home it isn’t serious and it means he could be back relatively quickly once the symptoms dissipate.

The bad news is that if the Canadiens need to update his health less than 12 hours after saying he would not travel to Ottawa, it may be longer than we first anticipated when Price missed his first practice.

The team announced yesterday that Al Montoya and Charlie Lindgren will be the goaltenders for their game tomorrow against Ottawa. After that their next game is Tuesday in their home opener against former Hab Mike Condon and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

UPDATE: The team has moved Price to the Injured Reserve list so that Charlie Lindgren can stay with the team. Lindgren was on a 48 hour emergency recall previously. Price is eligible to come off the IR on Monday, so this really is just a paper transaction.

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