Price shows off new lean look

Posted By: Chantal Desjardins · 1/10/2013 4:03:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens want to shed emotional baggage and some players have already proven they've shed some extra baggae on their bodies.

Noticeably absent was any extra weight that Habs netminder Carey Price had carried over the past few years. Price said he was down to just 209 pounds, the lightest he's been since early junior days. And while he admits that with just a week of training camp and no preseason games before the start of the regular season will present a bit of a challenge, he’ll be ready.

“I think so. We’ve been preparing for this type of situation for quite awhile. I’ve been on the ice fairly consistently throughout the whole lockout so I think most of the guys will be ready to go by the time the puck drops.”

The Canadiens' official website still lists Carey at 219 pounds.

While many players spent the lockout overseas, Price said sticking closer to home was the best decision for him.

“I just wanted to spend some time at home, relax a little bit. Me personally, I like my time off. I felt like I could prepare myself well enough at home. I spent a lot of time skating in Tri-Cities and Washington State skating with my old Junior Team and I figured that would be the best scenario for me instead of travelling around”.

Price did concede however, that it might take him a bit of time to get back into a groove once the intensity of a real game starts.

“Ya it’s going to be difficult to pick up timing for sure. That’s something you can’t replicate in practice. It’s very difficult to pick that up right away so we’ll probably have some intra squad games here to get some simulation in”.

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