Carey Price, the starting goalie for the Eastern All Stars, may be between the pipes for the All Star game next weekend after all.
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is looking to return to the ice next week and hopes to be able to play in the 57th NHL All-Star Game next weekend.
Price, who has missed the last eight games with an ankle injury, was on the ice for 45 minutes before the Canadiens’ practice on Friday.
“I left early because I was out there early and I was tired but I’m close to coming back,” Price told the Montreal Gazette. “I won’t go to Ottawa with the team but I hope to play one of the games next week (in Atlanta and New Jersey).”
Price, who edged out Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury as the All-Star starter, has been sidelined since Dec. 30 when the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 2-1 shootout.
If Price can’t go, it would mean a spot open on the team, and Puck Daddy argues that Ryan Miller should ship up to Montreal with teammate Thomas Vanek as representatives from the Sabres.
More importantly, who gets the third goalie spot? The Habs are already well-represented on the team, so it can be anyone from the conference. It would be an absolutely crime if it isn’t Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres; but could a case be made for either Craig Anderson of the Florida Panthers or Scott Clemmensen of the New Jersey Devils?
Miller played exceptionally well to start the season, trailed off a little after and has been very strong in the last two-and-a-half weeks. The last few games, he’s been fundamentally sound and has looked like an elite goaltender.
Hopefully Price will make a decision soon and they can fill that spot if it’s going to be open. It wouldn’t shock me if Miller declined a spot on the team because they didn’t tell him far enough in advance for him to adequately prepare for it.