Price misses fan practice with mysterious cut, team hopes he’ll practice Tuesday

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Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban defends goalie Peter Budaj during Sunday’s practice at the Bell Centre.
Phil Carpenter, Gazette

So, just when you thought this season was bizarre:

Canadiens goalie Carey Price didn’t take part in Sunday morning’s annual Metro Canadiens Fan Practice at the Bell Centre, having suffered a cut to some part of his lower body (speculation was a foot) after Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. The team kept him off the ice for “precautionary reasons” but believe he’ll be ready to practise with his teammates Tuesday at Brossard when the Habs begin to prepare for Wednesday’s home game vs. the Detroit Red Wings.

(Last sliced Habs player in Toronto: defenceman Andrei Markov in the 2009-10 season-opener, a foot tendon cut by Price’s skate in a goal-mouth scramble, sending Markov for surgery and 35 games on the sidelines. What is it about the Air Canada Centre?)

Also not taking part in the practice, before an announced crowd of more than 18,000, were Travis Moen and Petteri Nokelainen, both taking therapy days. Moen was nursing an undisclosed injury, while Nokelainen was an upper-body issue.

Captain Brian Gionta was interviewed briefly at rinkside, as was Price.

The 75-minute session featured a brief practice, then skills contests for fastest skater, hardest shooter, and most accurate shooter, the morning closing with a 15-minute game of 4-on-4.

The skills contests:

โ€ข Fastest skater, one lap of Bell Centre ice:
Lars Eller, 13.19 seconds
David Desharnais, 13.49
Chris Campoli, 13.58
P.K. Subban, 13.92

โ€ข Shooting accuracy, four targets set in net corners:
Tomas Kaberle, 4 targets in 6 shots (13.8 seconds, wins based on time)
Mathieu Darche, 4 in 6 (16 seconds)
Andrei Kostitsyn, 4 in 6 (16 seconds)
Rene Bourque, 4 in 7
Erik Cole, 4 in 7
Tomas Plekanec, 4 in 7
Max Pacioretty, 3 in 4 (probably disqualified with broken stick)

โ€ข Hardest shot (best of three shots recorded below):
P.K. Subban, 151 km/h (not in contest, but accepted Weber challenge to win)
Yannick Weber, 147 km/h
Raphael Diaz, 135 km/h
Michael Blunden, 128 km/h
Alexei Emelin, 126 km/h


  1. Greg says:

    Mr. Stubbs, did you mean that there was speculation that Price was cut in the foot, or that speculation was afoot about where he was cut?

    …or both, for that matter.

  2. redgorf says:

    Giants won but out played.Patriots win but out played. CH something is wrong in that room, nonexisitant CAPt, clics seem to exist, PK thinks he’s the hub of the team, actualy he will always be a problem, I would try and trade him ,he might be surprised at no takers.

  3. HabinBurlington says:

    Great Poll question, there is no way this Poll is going to cause a Price vs. Halak war on here…..

  4. petefleet says:

    Thw world came back into focus yesterday when the Giants won the NFC championship. It started to tilt in that direction when the Habs beat the Laffs.
    HNIC’s Glenn Healy assessment of the 2004 draft was interesting. He said it was a bust for the Habs but I’m not sure why. He went onto point out 3 players who are by all accounts, very successful NHLers at the moment. Not sure how that makes a draft year a bust. (Emelin, Streit and Grabovski)

    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

    ***Habs Forever***

    • 123456 says:

      six of the habs picks from that year have made the NHL – yea that’s a bust


      you guys should write to him to let him know he is an idiot

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    Way to go G-Men, best of luck to all the Giants fans here, Beat the Pats!

    And I wonder if Billy Cundiff will be kicking in Baltimore next year, me thinks NO.

  6. SteverenO says:

    Gomez Power Play clock.

    Minutes of PP ice time minutes given to Scott Gomez: 55
    Number Of PP goals scored by the team while Gomez was on the ice: 1

    Number of short- handed goals scored by the opposition while Gomez was on the ice? At least 1, maybe more.

    Does anyone else wonder why he continues to get so much time with the man advantage?

    In even strength situations Gomez has had 222 minutes of ice time and the team has scored 9 goals while he has been on the ice. an average of one goal every 25 minutes.

    For comparison purposes the team score one goal every 18 minutes that Desharnais is on the ice even strength. While he (Desharnais) is on the PP, the team scores a goal every 10 minutes.

    Plekanec is running at a Gomez like clip this year. The Canadiens score a goal every 24 minutes that he is on the ice , even strength. With the man advantage , however, Plekanec is on the ice for one goal every 12 minutes.

    In other words the with either Plek, or DD on the ice the Habs score at approximately TWICE the clip on the PP compared to even strength.
    With Gomez on the PP, the Hab’s scoring rate is less than half of when he is on at even strength.

    I thought that changing the coach would put an end to that nonsense.

    Weber when left out of the lineup said that he felt he could do better than some of the guys who were playing.

    I think our zamboni driver could argue that he could do better than Gomez on the PP, and that’s with his boots on. With skates it would be a no contest.

    Statistically speaking , the Habs would be better of declining the penalty than having a powerplay that includes Gomez on the ice.

    If I was paying the coaches salary, he would be told in no uncertain terms, “If Gomez so much as steps on the ice with the man advantage, you are fired IMMEDIATELY!” I would not even wait for the game to end.

    How he can continue to hold a coaching job and keep putting Gomez on the PP. let alone on a shootout is simply beyond explanation.

    Steve O.

    Qlik View – Data Discovery.
    Every team needs it- Every coach needs it.
    Every fan needs it!

    • SPATS says:

      How else can they move him if they don’t showcase him where he can hopefully shine the most? At his price tag, they have to find someone, someway, somehow. The only team interested in a trade is Hamilton


    • VancouverHab says:

      That’s a whole bunch of words to say two things that we already knew.

      1.] There is a really good reason why JM and RC are NHL coaches and you are…let’s be kind…someone who will (to state the obvious) never be an NHL coach.

      2.] Scott Gomez, a potential Hall of Fame player, has two Stanley Cup rings and a Calder Trophy that says “I’m a player whom any authentic NHL coach will rely on to fix a game problem.”

      I hope you enjoyed writing all the verbiage: Scott Gomez’s credentials are there for all to see, amateur effusions notwithstanding.

    • JUST ME says:

      I don`t see why you come back with this story that has been visited over and over and over again. Not relevant to the Habs situation since they had to do without him for a large part of the season so far.

      They actually pay him so play him. Furthermore, his earnings will decrease to 4.5 mil. next year so it`s showcase time ! And who know`s? He might be picked up by another team or worse , play as he is capable of !

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Sounds to me like we should only play DD and Plex for the entire game, then we would be undefeated.

      • SteverenO says:

        Actually I am one, probably in the minority here, who does not feel that Gomez should be sent down to the minors.

        I respect Gomez as a player, and respect his effort on the ice. The coaches job is to get the most out of his players and team. One of his most important responsibilities is to distribute the ice time.

        I pointed that that there is little difference in Gomez and Plekanec in their offensive numbers this season but a wide discrepancy in their PP efficiency. last season Gomez was among our top performers on the PK unit. If the coach did his homework, he would know this. A good coach would play Gomez 5 on 5 and shorthanded, but NEVER on the PP.

        @Vancouverhasfan: I don`t think anyone posting here will become the next coach or GM of the Canadiens. Yet I still find it interesting to read different peoples thoughts and opinions. Your first point is irrelevant.

        Your second point, “I`m a player on whom an authentic NHL coach relies on to fix a game problem” leaves me speechless.

        @justme and spats: Don`t you think that making Gomez a part of the leagues best PK unit might be a better way to showcase him, than playing him on , and thereby ensuring that they remain , the leagues worst PowerPlay?

        @habsinBurlington: Seeing that Plekanec is a minus 12 this season, (he,s been on the ice for 28 Goals for and 40 goal against even strength) I don,t think that we would win all our games if he played the entire game.
        DD, on the other hand, is a plus 9 having been on the ice for 37 offensive goals and only 28 goals against. If more of our players had similar numbers we would not win every game , but definitely win more than we lose.



        Steve O.
        Qlik View – Data Discovery.
        Every team needs it- Every coach needs it.
        Every fan needs it!

    • i think it’s perfectly normal. what better way to tank a season? ๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. Seps says:

    Here’s an interesting statistic, Fleury SV% .913 and everybody thinks he’s a great goalie (which I dont deny)
    Price SV% .914 and people have the nerve on this site to blame him for our teams troubles.


    • naweed235 says:

      not saying Price is bad but I don’t recall anyone calling Fleury a great goalie… he is a good goalie but far from great… People just throw terms like that around too easily,…
      When I think great I think Roy, Brodeur, Dryden…

  8. Rainrocket16 says:

    Giants Baby!!! At least one of my teams is for real!!!

  9. slychard says:

    Lower body cut… With the way things have went so far this season I’m glad it’s not a wrist cut.

  10. mike3131 says:

    Billy F. Cundiff!!! Eli F. Manning!!! Kyle F. Williams!!! :@
    I’m a die hard Habs fan, a big Cowboys fan and I hate all Boston teams (incl. the Patriots). The Habs suck, the Bruins won the cup, and now the Giants and Pats are in the superbowl… F. me! This is like the worst sports year ever!!!

  11. HardHabits says:

    Giants-Patriots. Hope it’s a classic that get’s settled in the final minutes and not a blow-out decided by half time.

  12. SmartDog says:

    This was probably posted awhile back, but just read the short article by Bobby Holik on PK Subban:

    Good perspective. I found it through a link in this even better (more interesting and in depth) article by Engels about the Habs locker room:
    Great article… interesting conclusion (and one that I and others here have talked about): the culture of the room, the core players are shifting… where is the leadership? Obviously it’s a shell game. It’s changing. And wither Brian Gionta? I’ve said he isn’t the leader this team needs. It’s always had a group with him.. but that group is fading – Cami (gone), Gomez (pffftt), Gill (near or at the end of his career – and contract), Pleks… what role does he play or want to play? Hard to read that one. But it’s changing, that’s for sure. Patches, Cole, DD… all new guys, all leaders in a way. Subban… hardly a leader today. Gorges – is he the prince to be soon crowned King? And if so…. what of the old guard? Puzzles.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • CanadienBoy says:

      Thanks SDog good read and dead on

    • slychard says:

      Thanks for the links. I’ve red both of ’em but went through them again for prosperity. The Engels one being of particular re-interest for me.
      PK. I’ve mulled his plight and the subject over and over this season. Watching him. I’m fascinated. It’s a good story and a compelling one to say the least. How often does a raw talent such as his come about? Not very. Yet he’s a talent wrapped in a riddle and whatever the riddler said. He’s a project. To say the least. But should we, the fan base, creep into the picture and muddle the progress through shear frustration and most importantly impatience? Does any Tom Dick and Harry who grew up in this fair city and laced up skates believing he should have been drafted or could have been drafted, had he been an inch or two taller, a person that played at a bantam or high level or even for the most part a local street hockey performer, can this person claim to know more about the game by watching with a bitter eye from the stands and their living room and claim to know what is right and what is wrong with the game of PK?
      Right. Wrong.
      PK has some growing up to do. YES. But could anyone say they were drafted by the canadiens, or any of the big clubs in any professional league, and claim to tell the GM on the podium after proudly slipping on the Habs jersey, “you won’t regret this” Could or would or has anyone ever said that in the history of sports? Wow. What balls!
      PK in a bruins uniform would cause nightmares. I can go on and on but it’s quite a daunting task. I’m frustrated at his turtleing and whussy antics. Yes. I’ve told myself he should take lessons in the off season in boxing to protect himself and finish what he started in a skuffle, but it’s not in his DNA. He’s not a fighter. But in time and with maturity, he’ll be one hell of a hockey player.

      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  13. G-Man says:

    Giants off to the Big Dance! Woohoo!

  14. Laramy87 says:

    So when Subban and Plekanec fight its top story on TSN and the world is coming to an end. There was a scrap at Leaf pratice and there is no story at all, just a tiny video on TSN page.
    Typical TSN and love for Leafs/hatred for habs

  15. punkster says:


    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  16. Say Ash says:

    Kinda surprised Cole didn’t make top-five fastest skater. All that damn turning!

  17. habstrinifan says:

    If you go to Eklund’s site, you will find under the Canadien’s logo an article by Steven Hindle. He wrote it after the Caps-Habs game. It’s a nice piece covering some interesting topics. The article is entitled “Beneath the Big top”.

    I am copying a piece of that article below… any comments on the suggestion he is making??

    ===== from Steven Hindle off Eklund’s site quote =====

    A Hidden Candidate

    While I endorse Randy Cunneyworth as the Habs head coach, I can’t help but hear the rumors surrounding who may very well replace him. And, though I’d like to see him stay as I believe he has a great rapport with the players and, if given the chance, can have a great connection with the team, there’s no hiding his odds of remaining behind the bench are rather slim.

    That said, one coaching candidate whose name hasn’t made the rounds yet, perhaps over-shadowed by another, is Lightning assistant coach, Martin Raymond.

    A Montreal native and former McGill Redmen and Hamilton Bulldogs bench boss, his candidacy has been hidden beneath the lure of Guy Boucher.

    Though Boucher has made quite a name for himself, it’s hard to ignore the guy behind Boucher who has been a key component in his success.

    Raymond is a well respected and intelligent hockey mind who fits every aspect of what the Canadiens organization would need in a head coach. Though he has never had the opportunity to guide a team as a head coach at the NHL level, he is on the verge of emerging from Boucher’s spotlight.

    So, while you’ll hear a whole bunch of names before here and when an actual decision is made, remember that there are always more candidates available off the radar than there are on it.

    Though I feel that the Habs are not prepared to enter that realm just yet, consider this your first warning in regards to Martin Raymond’s future as a potential candidate for head coaching jobs in the NHL, possibly starting here in Montreal.

    ===========unquote unquote ===================

    Sounds like not a bad candidate.

    • nickster13 says:

      Lets just do what everyone else does, go pick up an assistant coach that currently coaches under a perennial good team, aka Detroit or San Jose or Philly or Chicago. This is what good teams do.

      • SmartDog says:

        Yeah but there are no strong bilingual ones on those teams. So let’s pick up a bilingual assistant coach from a bad team. Or an old hockey player who is untested. Or a guy from the minors who is green and let him ‘learn’ while in Montreal and then go on to success later elsewhere.

        THAT is what Montreal does.

        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  18. slapshot777 says:

    Has anybody heard anything on Markov? Next weekend is the All-Star festivities and according to PG Markov should be back with the team after that.

    I haven’t heard anything about anyone seeing him skate or anything. Does he come in for dry land training or does he remain invisible to everyone.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      Actually I think PG said late January and Martin said after the All-star break. Given how many times they’ve been wrong about when he returns, I honestly don’t see him playing this season.

      But no, he isn’t skating.

    • ProHabs says:

      Gauthier said the end of January so he will either play on Wednesday against Detroit or he will be in the lineup on the 31st against Buffalo. It is soooo great that he will be back in the lineup within the next 2 games. Gauthier told us he would be.

    • Malreg says:

      He never WHICH All-Star break, did he? ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Habs Requiem says:

      Markov has not even started skating. The last update on him vaguely hinted at another month or so. But there is growing debate that he will not skate for the team this year.

      “I reject your reality and substitute my own”.

      – Adam Savage

  19. BLACK ICE says:

    Carey can use the R & R …..

  20. CanadienBoy says:

    Eller the fastest

  21. deuce6 says:

    I would have bet that Cole would have been the fastest skater..Did he participate?


    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  22. jedimyrmidon says:

    Posted this on the other thread.

    Hereโ€™s something interesting from the Edmonton Journal:
    โ€œThe Oilers absolutely need a puck-moving defenceman more than they need a draft pick. Renney and company need an NHL player right now to get the puck to Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.โ€

    It just so happens the Habs have an overabundance of these: Campoli, Weber, Kaberle and Diaz (though I think Diaz should stay with the Habs). Wouldnโ€™t it be great if the Habs could trade Campoli to the Oilers for something?

  23. Da Hema says:

    Darche hit 4 of 6 targets in 13 seconds? Boone: are you sure that was him?

  24. habber86 says:

    Man, were those wrist shots or something? 93mph wins hardest shot? Emelin with a 78mph slapper??

    • Malreg says:

      Apparently Emelin MISSED the net during the hardest shot contest.

    • db says:

      OK, the person setting up the pucks for the one timer had Emelin basically standing in a pile of pucks. No room for proper footing. He’s a lefty and was given no room to shoot. Hence missing the net on his second attempt. First shot wasn’t recorded for some reason. On the third, he barely tried.

  25. Ian Cobb says:

    Weekly stats on where we place in the 30 team league.

    As well we are 7 points back of Washington, who are in 8th place in our conference.

    Goals A. 132-We are in 12th. Last week were 13th with 122.
    Points . 45-We are in 23rd Last week were 24th with 40.
    Goals F. 123- We are in 20th Last week were 24th with 112.

    34 games left. OR 68 possible points to collect yet!
    Piece of cake! All we have to do is WIN.

  26. ABHabsfan says:

    Y’all remember Metro in that accuracy contest a few years ago? 4/4 all slap-shots, last was a one-timer top-cheese. That dude had some skills

    • Seps says:

      You see Sean Thornton’s penalty shot goal on Winnipeg ? He has skills, we forget that every one of these players are very, very skilled individually. But in order to make it to the NHL some of them had to adopt a different role.


  27. Bill says:

    About Price: I wouldn’t mind seeing him take a little vacation until after the ASG. Sounds good actually.

    About Kaberle. People still haven’t chilled about this. His point production is good. He’s an even on +\- for the Habs, so not a huge defensive liability. Yea he doesn’t play against the top forwards but that is not his role. His contract is quite reasonable and he could easily be traded if need be. Some people like to freak out about nothing.

    About football: go Giants!

  28. Stev.R says:

    Was Cammalleri sliced earlier this year in Toronto? Or was it somewhere else?

  29. novahab says:

    I have my fingers cross that this cut, is Management way of keeping Price fom that stupid allstar game. You know, with who are the captains, he will be picked last. They will try to mess with his head and we don’t need that.

    • naweed235 says:

      lol this is not a grade 2 school yard… if he gets picked last it will probably be b/c everyone thinks he is the least deserving to be there… like Kessel last year… which I dont think is the case with Pricey… even though he is 26th in save% in the league…

      I think the fact that this team stank so badly this year might work in our favour long term, knowing that there are many key signings to be done in the off season… Price, PK, Eller, AK and Moen if they are not traded…
      I must say I find it very stupid when people suggest that price will get more than $ 5.5M per year long term… Except for his # of games played and superstar status that only our fans seem to give him, I don’t see any of his stats that would justify such a huge pay raise…

      • Seps says:

        Most people will agree Price is a good goalie, like I have a buddy who is a Bruins fan and he says Price is good, he’s just not as good as Montreal thinks he is. I think he will want something similar to Rinne or Bryzgalov because Bryzgalov is very unproven and he is getting paid 5.6M/Y for 9 years somehow and he has brutal stats this year. So Price’s agent will see this and use it as a bargaining tool.


  30. ProHabs says:

    Ya Price will be back for Wednesday’s game, just like Markov will only miss the first week of the season.

  31. habstrinifan says:

    Not hockey but news that Penn’s Paterno died today kinda adds to the anecdotal evidence re ‘losing reason to live’ being part of succumbing to an illness.

  32. habstrinifan says:

    Just saw on TSN.CA .. brawl at Leafs practice. Maybe we got to them.

  33. viper says:

    i hope us hab fans don,t make a big issue over price and others not practiceing today..we have a tendency to make a big deal out of nothing


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