From multiple perspectives, Shea Weber’s time with the Canadians may be coming to an end.
Renaud Lavoie of TVASports Tweeted On Wednesday night, there were rumors that the Montreal captain will not be protected in the upcoming expansion draft and may miss the entire 2022-22 season. According to reports, he is dealing with injuries that threaten his career.
It was revealed after the 2022 Stanley Cup final that Webber had a thumb injury, but Lavoy pointed out in a follow-up tweet on Wednesday that there is also a lower body problem.
Obviously, Shea Weber will not miss time because of a thumb injury. He has problems with his feet, ankles and knees. So that’s why he won’t be protected in the extended draft, and you have to expect him to be out for a long time. @CanadiensMTL
-Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 15, 2022
Weber was shut down in mid-December 2017 After missing a few games in November, he suffered a foot injury (later found to be a fracture).The guard missed the remainder of the 2017-18 season and the first 24 games next season After undergoing surgery on the left foot (tendon) and right knee (meniscus).
Last season, it was announced on February 12 that Weber would be absent for 6 weeks due to a sprained left ankle; five days later, He returned to his usual place With Ben Chiarot. Weber also missed the end of the 2022 season due to a thumb injury.
The 2022 Finals is the first game of 36-year-old Weber’s 16-year NHL career. During the playoffs, he scored 6 points in 22 games, second only to Chiarot in average ice rink time, a difference of only two seconds (25:13). In the regular season, he trailed Jeff Petry at 22:42 on ice, ranking second on the team. The 2016 Mark Messier Leadership Award winner (as a member of the Predators) accumulated 589 points (224 goals) in 1,038 games between Nashville and Montreal. He has been selected to the All-Star four times, three times to the Norris Cup finals, and with the Canadian team won gold medals in the Olympics (2010, 2014), World Championships (2007) and World Junior Championships (2005).
With five years left on Weber’s contract, the cap per season is $7,857,143. After the flyer submitted the quotation, he signed with the Predators in 2012. Montreal can put him on the long-term injury reserve team, which will open up cap space. If he chooses to retire, by the 2025-26 season, the Predators will face a fine of more than $4.9 million per season.
Canadians general manager Mark Bergevin will submit his list of protected players on July 17 to participate in the expansion draft on July 17. Whether Weber is on the list remains to be determined, as his status is still uncertain. However, one thing is certain: Montreal will miss his presence in the room. If this is the end, his performance is great.