A season of seemingly never-ending turmoil for the Montreal Canadiens took another downward turn on Monday when it was made clear that Shea Weber’s recovery from a left-foot injury wasn’t going according to plan. The word setback never came up in Canadiens coach Claude Julien’s post-practice comments, but when he was asked whether or not his top defenceman would be able to return before season’s end, he couldn’t give a definitive answer. “All I can tell you is he’s not comfortable in his skate right now,” said Julien. “There’s still some small issues, so he’s being re-evaluated again by doctors, by specialists to really see what they can do to help him come back. I don’t know; I’m a coach, not a doctor. I haven’t been told one way or another what’s happening, and he’s back in Montreal, so we’ll have to see with time and that’s basically all I can tell you right now.” What Julien would be wise to say is that the team is going to shut down Weber for the rest of the regular season. The Canadiens are 24 games from the finish line and have virtually no reason to put Weber back on the ice before all of them are played. They’re currently in 29th place in the NHL, 13 points out of the final wild-card position in the Eastern Conference and 26 points back of the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division, and exposing him to further injury under those circumstances would be ill-advised at best.
Canadiens should shut down Shea Weber for remainder of season
Sportsnet | Feb 19