Shea Weber is no longer going to play for the Montreal Canadiens subsequent season, and the defenseman’s NHL profession would be over.
Canadiens general supervisor Marc Bergevin acknowledged Weber is coping with loads of injuries nevertheless did no longer show what they’re.
“I was amazed how he played,” Bergevin acknowledged Thursday. “He was one in all our top-minute defensemen for the length of the total playoffs the total skill to the Stanley Cup Closing. I in my understanding wasn’t mindful [of the severity of his injuries], and from what I’ve gathered from the working out, I secure no longer mediate any one was genuinely mindful about it. I mediate we’re all mindful about their bother and what he was going thru each day, nevertheless to that level, we did no longer know. Shea, as you all know, is a man of few phrases, and sharing or complaining about his body is no longer one thing that he does, so I was very bowled over.
“He could maybe well even honest no longer be reduction subsequent season, and perhaps could maybe well even honest no longer be reduction for his profession.”
Weber scored six components (one diagram, five assists) and averaged 25: 13 of ice time playing all 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games this postseason, when the Canadiens superior to the Cup Closing for the first time since 1993. Montreal misplaced to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.
“It will most certainly be impossible to interchange Shea Weber, what he brings to our team on and off the ice,” Bergevin acknowledged. “We will are trying our easiest, nevertheless I know deep down that you simply would also never replace Shea Weber.
“Obviously, we must come what could replace his minutes, defensemen that can acquire more accountability as we run forward. We will gaze intently to the market, both by the usage of alternate or free company to acquire a gaze at to on the very least, to a level, replace Shea, if we are capable of.”
The Montreal captain has five seasons final on a 14-365 days contract he signed with the Nashville Predators, who matched a proposal sheet he was given by the Philadelphia Flyers sooner than the 2012-13 season. It has an annual NHL salary cap price of $7.85 million.
If Weber were to retire sooner than the tip of the contract, the Canadiens and Predators would face salary cap recapture charges.
Weber played his first 11 NHL seasons for Nashville sooner than he was traded to Montreal for defenseman P.K. Subban on June 29, 2016.
“I’ve been genuinely taking part in my time right here,” Weber acknowledged final month sooner than playing within the Stanley Cup Closing. “Been lucky to be traded to a huge city and group. And yeah, there’s been some laborious times, there’s been some factual times, nevertheless it completely’s a component of the hasten and a component of the fable. … It’s been a factual lag to this level and hope to assist it going right here.”
Weber overlooked 94 games the previous four seasons with Montreal, collectively with 56 in 2017-18 attributable to a tendon lunge in his left foot, the first 24 of the next season getting better from knee surgical operation, six games with an ankle hurt in February 2020, and the final eight this season with a thumb hurt. He turns 36 on Aug. 14.
“I mediate the thing with ‘Webby’ is as soon as we hit the ice or no longer it is all industry,” Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot acknowledged. “There’s no longer any messing round. He wishes all the pieces performed exactly the skill the coaches acknowledged or no longer it is performed. And I mediate that’s a broad causes why he’s been so a success as a participant, his consideration to particulars, his seriousness as soon as we hit the ice.
“And off the ice, he’s got a relationship with each person within the room. The young guys, he’s dad to the young guys, and he’s mates with the total older guys. He connects with each person. And I mediate that’s why he’s regarded as as one in all essentially the most straightforward captains within the League.”
Selected by Nashville within the 2d round (No. 49) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Weber has scored 589 components (224 targets, 365 assists) in 1,038 games and 42 components (18 targets, 24 assists) in 97 postseason games.
He was voted runner-up for the Norris Trophy as essentially the most straightforward defenseman within the NHL and was named an NHL First Team All-Big title in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and won the Tag Messier NHL Leadership Award in 2015-16.
“As comparatively of one, you dream of playing within the NHL. … You possess that or no longer it is going to realize reduction correct and you imagine it,” Weber acknowledged sooner than playing his 1,000th NHL game Feb. 2. “Realistically, or no longer it is loads more durable than folks note and or no longer it is tricky to enact, so actual making it right here is admittedly particular. Set it this prolonged and having a profession this many games is one thing that I never genuinely imagined … or no longer it is comparatively surreal.
“I will no longer reveal thanks ample to coaches, family, mates. There’s so many folks on the skill, or no longer it is undoubtedly no longer actual a non-public thing. There are energy coaches, therapists, hockey coaches, kinfolk. Obviously, my mother and pa were my greatest influences increasing up. It’s actual a team effort for obvious.”
NHL.com columnist Dave Stubbs and LNH.com editorial director Sebastien Deschambault contributed to this fable