Carey Price wins Bill Masterton Trophy as he prepares to play next season

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Nov 12, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) waves to the crowd after the win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was named the winner of the Bill Masterton Trophy on Friday night for his perseverance and sportsmanship to the game of hockey.

Price, 34, had a difficult season battling injuries suffered last season and entering the league’s NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. It caused him to miss almost the entirety of the 2021-2022 campaign as he was only able to appear in five games. The 15 year veteran, all with Montreal, posted a 1-4-0 record with a 3.63 GAA and .878 SV%.

“There’s obstacles in life that will always challenge you,” he said in his acceptance speech. “I think having the ability to overcome those and keep things in perspective and keep moving forward is something we should all be teaching our children and loved ones.”

Price also acknowledged New York Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara and Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Hayes, who were the other finalists for the award.

Carey Price getting ready for next season

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Jul 2, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period in game three of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Also on Friday, Price discussed steps he’s taking in order to comeback next season which includes a plasma injection. Per, he’s waiting for that procedure to take full effect before beginning his preparations for a return.

“I’m getting prepared to start my ramp-up and preparing for next season,” Price said Friday. “I’m going to start preparing like I’m playing. I don’t think I will actually have an idea of how that is going to look until later in the summer when I have taken all the necessary steps to get on the ice again.”

There’s been a lot of talk that Carey Price may be unable to go for next season, but until the Canadiens can get that clarification it will be hard to make any big moves.

Price has four years remaining at $10.5M AAV.