Shea Weber’s 16-year NHL career may be finally coming to an end.
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin told reporters Thursday that Weber would miss the entire 2021-22 season due to various injuries and “will probably not return for his career,” according to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels.
Weber has been plagued with a left foot / ankle problem that has threatened his career in recent years. He missed two weeks with an injury in February 2020 and underwent surgery to repair tendons in the area in March 2018.
The Canadiens captain also played the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs with a thumb injury that knocked him out at the end of the season. The injury is reportedly believed to be significant.
Additionally, Weber also underwent surgery for a meniscus tear in his right knee in July 2018.
Weber would be a huge loss both on ice and in the Montreal dressing room. He has five seasons remaining on his contract at $ 7.8 million per year, and the Canadiens would face a “salary cap recapture” fine of about $ 4.9 million per season through 2025-26 if he retires.
The British Columbia native, who turns 36 next month, has spent the last five years of his career in Montreal after 11 seasons with the Nashville Predators. He has scored 589 points (224 goals, 365 assists) in 1,038 games.
Weber did not miss a single game of the 2021 Stanley Cup final against the Tampa Bay Lightning despite his ailments.