20-year-old Price Breaks in to NHLPosted: Updated:
MONTREAl - Former Tri-City American Carey Price will start the 2007-08 hockey season as a full-time member of the Montreal Canadiens.
The team made its final cuts for its 23-man roster on Monday, sending down defenceman Ryan O'Byrne, forward Maxim Lapierre and goaltender Jaroslav Halak to Hamilton of the American Hockey League.
The moves also mean that centres Mikhail Grabovski and Kyle Chipchura will remain with the NHL club.
Grabovski is penciled in as the team's second-line centre. The 23-year-old played three games for Montreal last season without registering a point and spent most of the season with the Bulldogs.
Price, who was widely expected to continue his development in Hamilton, will take the backup spot behind starter Cristobal Huet. The 20-year-old backstopped Canada to its third straight gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championship and was named tournament MVP. Price also joined the Habs' AHL affiliate in Hamilton in the spring and led the Bulldogs to their first-ever Calder Cup, taking Most Valuable Player honours again.
Chipchura, 21, was captain of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2005 world junior championship, and&nbsp;has spent the last two seasons in Hamilton.
In two pre-season games, Halak played 89 minutes, posted a 1-0 record and a 3.37 goals against average. O'Byrne participated in four pre-season games, recording 15 penalty minutes while Lapierre appeared in five games, amassing six shots on goal and four penalty minutes.