Here’s the $84 million question most people should be asking in the wake of Carey Price updating the hockey world on his injury status: Why in the world would he play a full game in Minnesota after suffering an injury in the warm up?
It sure seems like a case of foolish pride.
The Canadiens will pay Price $10.5 million in each of the next eight seasons that follow this one in the hopes that he’ll continue to be the consensus best goaltender in the world. They signed him to that contract extension back in July in spite of his injury history, which is long and concerning. And they can’t possibly be happy about the fact that he concealed this most recent injury and decided to play an entire game on it.
“I was not aware he got hurt in the warm up,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said on Tuesday. “I found out after the fact. I didn’t know until the next day.”
Price said if it was a playoff game he’d be in. Noted Lindgren’s play has bought him time to get 100% again #Habs
— Kyle Bukauskas (@SNkylebukauskas) November 14, 2017
Price had a perfectly logical explanation for why he decided to play in what turned out to be a 6-3 loss to the Wild on Nov. 2.
“Obviously any athlete will tell you: when you’re warmed up and running on a bit of adrenaline, you don’t ever feel like it’s as bad until you wake up the next day and everything’s cooled down and you’re not feeling the adrenaline anymore,” he told reporters on Tuesday, ahead of his team’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The bottom line is that Price did feel something before the Minnesota game and caution should’ve ruled before he went out and offered one of the most perplexing performances of his career with the Canadiens.
Price allowed two goals in a span of 10 seconds in the first period and was stumbling around his crease for the rest of that night in a way that had just about everyone (including this reporter) wondering how it was possible he had slipped so far away from being his best self.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 3, 2017
If Price didn’t alert the medical staff to his situation before the game, he definitely should’ve by the time the first period was through and he had allowed three goals on 14 shots.
Later in the game Price appeared to have a real problem moving laterally from left to right, as evidenced on this goal by Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon at the beginning of the third …read more