BROSSARD – Away from the Canadiens’ crease since the New Year, Carey Price is almost ready to jump back into the saddle.
On the ice for a second day this week, Price was all smiles following a pain-free 45-minute practice at the Bell Sports Complex on Friday.
“I felt good out there today, really good actually,” said Price of his injured ankle. “I didn’t experience any pain and everything felt really solid. I think I’m really close to being back in the lineup. My plan would be to get into at least a couple of games next week.”
With all that’s been said, written and speculated about his mysterious injury, Price finally spilled the beans about how it all went down.
“It actually happened in the pre-game warm-up that night in Tampa,” recalled Price of his dramatic shootout 2-1 win over Lightning on Dec. 27. “I sprained my ankle before the game and I knew something wasn’t right. I made sure not to take off my skate despite the pain. Once my skate was off after the game, it swelled up pretty bad. The next morning I couldn’t really walk and it had swollen right up like a tree trunk.”
Since that fateful night, Price has been fed a steady diet of stationary bikes, treadmills and, of course, strength and conditioning coordinator Scott Livingston.
“No offence to Scotty or anything, but I think I’ve spent more than enough time in the gym lately,” added Price with a smirk. “I don’t like watching hockey games nearly as much as playing. I just want to get back out there.”
The rest of the NHL probably doesn’t share his enthusiasm.