Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is completely healthy and will compete for the starting job on Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, general manager Doug Armstrong told Sportsnet on Tuesday.
Price strained an MCL ligament in his right knee on Nov. 25 in a game against the New York Rangers and did not play for the Canadiens again in the 2015-16 season.
"He's been training. He's 100 percent and he's ready to go," Armstrong said. "Now, he'll have to shake off some of the rust because he hasn't played in a game situation in a long time. But he will come into [training camp] and be ready to go for game one."
Price, 28, was 10-2-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in 12 games last season after winning the Hart and Vezina trophies in 2014-15. He excelled at the 2014 Sochi Olympics when he went 5-0-0 with an 0.59 GAA, .972 save percentage and two shutouts to help Canada win the gold medal.
Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals) and Corey Crawford (Chicago Blackhawks) are the other goaltenders on Team Canada's roster.
"When we picked our initial roster, he wasn't playing, but we wanted him as part of the process," Armstrong said of Price. "He is, by his stature the past couple of years and what he did in Sochi, maybe the best goalie on the planet, and we wanted to make sure he was comfortable with everything. We've stayed in touch with him over his rehab."
The eight-team tournament begins Sept. 17 and could run until Oct. 1. All games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
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