May 17, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) crashes into Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Carey Price won't skate until mid-August at least

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Carey Price had to sit and watch his fellow Montreal Canadiens get eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals this past spring after suffering a knee injury from a collision with Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers. Now it appears he’ll have to sit and wait a little time longer before he can hit the ice.

In an interview with the Tri-City Herald, Price said he’ll have to wait until at least mid-August to get back on the ice. “I was lucky and unlucky at the same time,” Price said. “If my leg was two inches shorter at the post I wouldn’t have been hurt at all. If it were two inches the other way, I probably would have had to have reconstructive knee surgery.”

“I’m doing OK now,” he added. “I won’t be skating again until the middle to August so that will be the true test. Right now it feels pretty good.”

That’s good news overall for Habs fans. Price appears poised to be ready in time for the start of the regular season, if not quite for training camp.

It will likely take weeks of conditioning and on-ice rehab for Price to get back into game shape, which could stunt the start of the year for Price, but in a season as long as the NHL’s and on a Montreal team that should have no trouble returning to the playoffs in a barren Eastern Conference, Price should be back in plenty of time to backstop that effort.

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