Angela Price, the wife of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, thought her family was headed westbound.
In a move that shocked many hockey fans, the Habs exposed Price to the Seattle Kraken in the NHL Expansion Draft. Fresh off the heels of leading the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup Final appearance, Price seemed like a decent option for a start-up team even despite his exorbitant $10,500,000 cap hit over the next five years.
On her website, Angela explained everything her family was going through during the hectic days between finding out her husband was being exposed to the Kraken and the expansion draft itself.
I really hated that the decision to lift his no trade was announced before the details on his injury were. His injury was the entire reason we had lifted his no trade and he was left unprotected. It hurt my heart to read that people thought we wanted out of Montreal. I was so thankful when it came out the next day that Carey was going to need surgery, but at the same time Carey’s agent was calling to say that Seattle didn’t seem too concerned about his injury and him being picked up could really happen. So naturally, I spent the next couple of days living on Twitter, reading every little thing and over thinking it all. It definitely got to a point where I thought we were for sure headed to Seattle, so I let myself start mentally preparing for it and even talking about it. Just in case it did happen. Of course, there were benefits to being only a 3 hour drive from home — I could be there for every single holiday and my parents could come up on the weekends. I have a lot of friends and family in Seattle, so that could be fun! And being state side during all of this COVID stuff, yes, yes, yes that would make my life soooo much easier. I was hyping it up in my head to a point where I began to think ‘heck, why wouldn’t we want to go to Seattle?’.
It sounds like Seattle was seriously considering selecting Price given that his agent told him that the Kraken weren't concerned about his need for surgery.
Angela also described that moving to Seattle wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, as her parents live in Washington state.
It was the evening before the draft and we were scheduled to fly to New York the next day. Carey’s agent called to tell Carey to keep his phone on him tomorrow morning. If Seattle does take him, we will change our trip and head to Seattle, scheduling the surgery in New York for a later date. And that is when it hit me. I looked at Carey in shock and said you can’t go to the draft party and put on a Kraken jersey, parading around in front of everyone! How disrespectful to all the Habs fans and that franchise! We continued to discuss how, at the end of the day, it is a business and players get traded away all the time. I understood that, but it still didn’t feel right. I couldn’t wrap my mind around Carey doing that. It was then that I realized although playing in Seattle would make our lives so much easier, our heart, my heart is with the Canadiens organization.
Now that we’re at the end of it all, I can say it was quite the mindf***. With your world dependent on what seemed like a game of chicken it was bizarre and something I hope to never experience again. I really feel for those families who experience it once or multiple times throughout their guys’ career.
Angela went on to explain how horrible it felt to have no say in where your family will have to go, but she stated that in that uncertainty she realized Montreal is where she wanted to be.
I think a lot of Canadiens feel the same way Angela does. They're happy to have Price still wearing the bleu, blanc et rouge.
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