Habs GM: Weber out subsequent season; profession in air

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MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens common supervisor Marc Bergevin mentioned captain Shea Weber won’t play subsequent season due to accidents and that the defenseman’s profession could also be over.

Bergevin mentioned on a video convention Thursday that Weber is coping with quite a few accidents, together with to his foot, ankle and knee.

Weber, 35, was a stalwart on Montreal’s blue line final season, guiding the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Finals, the place they misplaced to Tampa Bay in 5 video games.

Bergevin mentioned will probably be inconceivable for the Canadiens to exchange Weber, however the membership will look to fill his minutes by means of trades, free company and present gamers.

“We’ll strive our greatest, however I do know deep down that we are able to by no means change Shea Weber,” the overall supervisor mentioned.

Bergevin added that he not too long ago had an “emotional, deep dialog” with Weber.

“It was laborious for Shea,” Bergevin mentioned. “That is all he is aware of. He is a hockey participant to the core. It is actually hit laborious to understand that he can not carry out the best way he is anticipating for him and for his teammates, and the ache he is in going by means of day by day.”

Weber has 224 objectives and 365 assists in 1,038 regular-season video games with Nashville and Montreal, and has 18 objectives and 24 assists in 97 playoff appearances.

Final season, he had six objectives and 13 assists in 48 regular-season video games and a objective and 5 assists in 22 playoff video games.