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Goaltender Carey Price survives latest cuts by the Montreal Canadiens @NHLdotcom

MONTREAL - Rising star Carey Price survived the most recent cuts announced by the Montreal Canadiens.

The 20-year-old goaltender is one of 26 players still on the NHL's team roster after the Canadiens cut 29 players on Monday.

Sergei Kostitsyn and Matt D'Agostini were among those sent down to the Hamilton Bulldogs' American Hockey League training camp.

The Canadiens are now three players above the roster limit.

Price is battling with veteran Cristobal Huet, who fought injuries and inconsistency last season, and prospect Jaroslav Halak for a spot on the NHL club.

Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey indicated Monday that Price just has to beat out Halak to earn a spot on the team.

"The battle is between Halak and Price," Gainey said. "One of the two will be the back-up in Montreal and the other will be No. 1 in Hamilton.

"For now, it's not clear. Both have played well and the battle will go on."

The Canadiens chose Price with the fifth overall pick in the 2005 entry draft.

He helped Canada win gold at the 2006 world junior championship and then, after Tri-City was eliminated from the WHL playoffs, joined Hamilton and took them to the Calder Cup.

D'Agostini, meanwhile, said he was disappointed at being cut.

"I would have loved to start the season in Montreal," he said. "I suppose that's the business side of hockey.

"I think I've played well overall but I I have to admit there weren't a lot of positions to fill."

Kostitsyn did not speak to reporters.

"These two players still haven't finished their apprenticeship," Gainey said. "But they've had a good week. It's just that the time has come to get the players together who have a chance of staying in Montreal."

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