With training camp on the horizon, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin used the team's annual golf tournament in Laval-Sur-Le-Lac, Quebec, on Tuesday to summarize his team's medical condition.
The best news: Starting goaltender Carey Price and forward Lars Eller, each of whom were knocked out of the Canadiens' loss to the Ottawa Senators in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, are ready for the start of this season. Price suffered a knee injury late in Game 4 and Eller was sidelined with a concussion and facial fractures in Game 1.
"Brian Gionta will be ready, if not at the start of the season, then soon afterwards," Bergevin said of the team captain who tore a left biceps tendon during the series against Ottawa. "Lars Eller is doing well and will play at the start of the season. George Parros [rotator-cuff surgery] will not, but he's also close to a return. Carey Price is 100 percent healthy."
One player who won't be ready to start the season is defenseman Alexei Emelin. Bergevin confirmed he won't be able to play for another couple of months following knee surgery in May.