Carey Price is looking forward to the Montreal Canadiens season but realizes it could be difficult without defenseman Shea Weber, who's expected to be out until December.
"Obviously it's an important time of year for every team and you know which direction you're going and it's exciting for the players that are getting acquired and the teams that are acquiring them, so it's going to be fun when we get to training camp and start to see new faces and seeing how everything's going to be incorporated," the 30-year-old goalie told Sportsnet on Monday.
Weber had surgery March 13 to repair tendons in his left foot and had arthroscopic surgery June 19 to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee, with an expected recovery time of six months. The Canadiens' 34th game of the season is Dec. 19, exactly six months from the surgery.
"Shea is obviously a huge part of our team, but we are just going to have to figure out a way to start out the season well, get on track, and he'll push us over the top when he comes back," Price said.
Montreal (29-40-13) finished 14th in the Eastern Conference last season, 26 points behind the New Jersey Devils for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs one season after winning the Atlantic Division and losing to the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.