Goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Maxim Lapierre and defenseman
Ryan O'Byrne were assigned to Hamilton of the AHL as Montreal pared
its roster to the league limit of 23 players two days before
Wednesday's season opener in Carolina.
Price, the Canadiens' highly regarded goaltending prospect, will
back up Cristobal Huet as he continues his rapid progression up the
franchise's depth chart.
Montreal's fifth choice overall in the 2005 draft, the
20-year-old native of Vancouver won a gold medal with the Canadian
national junior team last season before he joined Hamilton and led
the Bulldogs to a Calder Cup championship with an MVP performance
in the AHL playoffs.
He beat out Halak, who was widely expected to begin the season
with the Canadiens after the Slovak rookie's strong performance
late last season nearly led Montreal to a playoff spot after Huet