Carey Price will not speak to the media when he returns to the Canadiens on Monday

The goalkeeper will only speak when the doctors in the player assistance program agree on the time and the team requests that their privacy be respected.

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Carey Price will meet with the Canadiens on Monday, but will not speak to the media after spending 30 days in the NHL / NHLPA player assistance program.

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“As Dom (Ducharme) mentioned yesterday, Carey will be back with us Monday here in Brossard,” Paul Wilson, senior vice president of public affairs and communications for the Canadiens, said Saturday morning. “And after a discussion with the NHL and NHLPA medical staff, it was understood that in such a situation it is very important to diligently follow the post-treatment process, which consists of putting the family first and then reintegrating into the work environment. So in light of those discussions with medical staff, Carey will not be available to the media until the doctors agree on the timing and we ask everyone to respect her privacy, including at the time of her arrival in Montreal. “

Price missed all of training camp while recovering from offseason knee surgery and the Canadiens announced on October 7 that he had entered the player assistance program. Ducharme, the Canadiens head coach, said Friday that he hadn’t been in contact with Price since the goalkeeper entered the program and wasn’t sure if he had any physical conditioning during those 30 days.

“It won’t be a full physical, but we will go over it and start work on the gym and then move onto the ice,” Ducharme said Friday of Price’s return to the team. “There is no timetable for when he will be able to play.”

Ducharme added that there is a chance that Price will play a game or two with AHL’s Laval Rocket before playing with the Canadiens.

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