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The Price family believed the goalie was linked to Kraken in the NHL expansion draft


Carey AwardHis wife said she strongly believes the goalie will be selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 NHL expansion draft.

“It definitely got to a point where I thought we were going to Seattle for sure, so I let myself mentally prepare and even talk about it. Just in case that happened,” Angela Price wrote in her blog this week.

In the post, Angela wrote about his emotions ahead of the expansion draft on July 21, including how Carey waived his no-move clause, believing Seattle would not select him due to his knee injury, his contract (five seasons remaining) and his age. (34 August 16).

Price was one of the most accomplished players available, but Seattle chose the defender instead. Cale Fleury like his only player from Montreal.

Price had knee surgery two days later and has a hip injury that won’t require surgery. He played his 14 NHL seasons with the Canadiens and wasn’t looking to leave, Angela wrote.

“I really hated that the decision to lift her no-trade was announced before the details of her injury were known,” Angela wrote. “His injury was the only reason we lifted his trade ban and he was left unprotected. It hurt my heart to read that people thought we wanted to leave Montreal. I was so grateful when he came out the next day that Carey was going to need surgery, but at the same time, Carey’s agent was calling to say that Seattle didn’t seem overly concerned about his injury and that it could really happen.

Angela wrote as the expansion draft approached, she began to appreciate the benefits of a move to Seattle, but found it hard to imagine Carey playing for another team. Her hometown of Kennewick, WA is about 210 miles southeast of Seattle, and she has family and friends in the area. Carey played junior hockey for Tri-City, a Kennewick-based Western Hockey League team, from 2002 to 2007.

“We kept discussing how, at the end of the day, it’s a business and the players are traded all the time,” Angela wrote. “I got it, but I still didn’t feel right. I couldn’t think of Carey doing this. That’s when I realized that even if playing in Seattle would make our lives so good. easier, our heart, my heart is with the Canadiens organization.

The guardian selected by the Kraken Chris Driedger Florida Panthers and then, July 28, signed the Colorado Avalanche free agent goaltender Philipp grubauer a six-year, $ 35.4 million contract (average annual value of $ 5.9 million).

Selected with the 5th pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, Price is 360-257-79 with a 2.50 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and 49 shutouts in 707 season games. regular with Montreal. He’s 43-45 with a 2.39 GAA, .919 save percentage and eight shutouts in 92 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Price won the Vezina Trophy named Best NHL Goalkeeper and Hart Trophy named NHL MVP in 2014-15.

He was 25-12-7 with a 2.64 GAA and .901 save percentage last season, then a 13-9 record with a 2.28 save percentage. of .924 and a playoff shutout, reaching the Cup final for the first time. Montreal lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.

Montreal Protected Goalkeeper Jake allen in the expansion draft, and left defender Shea Weber unprotected. It was subsequently revealed that Weber would not be playing this season and that his career could be in jeopardy due to multiple injuries.

Price should be able to play when the Canadiens start the season Oct. 13 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“With your world depending on what seemed like a chicken game, it was weird and something that I hope I never relive again,” Angela wrote. “I really feel for those families who have experienced it once or more during their guys’ careers.”