There is a word so frightening that people in the National Hockey League are reluctant to say it aloud.

Consider this bit of fancy skating around the issue when Canadiens head coach Randy Cunneyworth provided an update on the health of franchise goaltender Carey Price.

"He's experiencing a lot of things that a lot of other guys are experiencing, and I think it's still up in the air as to how to go about treating what we just term as headaches," Cunneyworth said. "We've talked about this before, confusing the flu-like symptoms with the other things that go on. At this point, we're just evaluating a guy that obviously we're going to take our time with and make sure the process is taken care of."