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Shea Weber’s Playing Days Could Be Over

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin doesn’t expect Shea Weber to play next season and the team captain’s career could be over as a result of numerous injuries he was trying to play through.

The 35-year-old defenceman played through a thumb injury, along with ankle, foot and knee problems during the Canadiens’ playoff run to the Stanley Cup final. Bergevin said that the pain has become too much for Weber to handle, adding it took him a lot of therapy just to be able to go on the ice for a practice.

Weber has five seasons remaining on his contract with an annual salary-cap hit of $7.857 million. Bergevin believes the NHL will allow the Canadiens to put Weber on long-term injured reserve which would provide salary-cap relief from his contact.

continue for Price and Drouin talk...

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Will The Seattle Kraken Grab Carey Price?

added 8:41pm,

 

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Video- Mic’d Up During The Stanley Cup Final

Listen in, 9 1/2 minutes long.

 

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A Battle May Be In The Future Between The NHL And NHLPA Regarding Shea Weber

from TSN,

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that it's leaning towards unlikely that Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber will play again, and his contract status could end in a dispute between the NHL and NHL Players’ Association.

Dreger notes that the league has not yet commented on Weber's status, but if its stance does not soften, Weber's case "will likely end in dispute with the PA."

Weber is one of the last active players in the league playing on a deal that would include a cap recapture penalty from the front-loaded 14-year, $110 million contract he signed with the Nashville Predators in 2012. He is due just $12 million in actual salary over the next five seasons.

If Weber were to retire, as opposed to landing on long-term injured reserve, the Predators would face a cap charge in each of the next five seasons, starting with a $4.9 million charge in the upcoming season and building to a charge of $24.57 million in 2025-26, the final year of Weber's deal.

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Injuries May Be Catching Up With Shea Weber

from Elliotte Friedman of Spoertsnet,

As the clock hit zero and the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated their second consecutive Stanley Cup victory, the opposite emotions enveloped the Montreal Canadiens.

Nowhere was that clearer than the face of Shea Weber.

Cameras caught Weber watching tearfully, and several Canadiens made a point of skating over to personally console him. It certainly felt more emotional than normal, and now there is an explanation as to why.

Over the years, Weber’s punishing style has taken pieces out of opponents, but also himself. He has enormous pain tolerance, and, as teammates have readily admitted, will play through things others simply can’t.

Unfortunately, we could be reaching the end of that situation. According to multiple sources -- Weber, the Canadiens, the NHL and the NHLPA are doing their due diligence on the captain’s medical situation and future.

He’s been plagued with a left foot/ankle problem that has threatened his career. Weber missed two weeks with an injury there in February 2020 (true to form, he returned much sooner than expected). In March 2018, he had surgery to repair tendons in the area. There’s been a worry for some time this problem would become too much to handle.

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Watching The Stanley Cup Final

from Bill Shea of The Athletic,

The numbers are in, and this is how it ends for the duo of NBC and hockey.

The network, which surrenders its National Hockey League broadcast rights to ESPN/ABC and Turner Sports next season, said Friday that the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 5 Stanley Cup Final clincher over the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday averaged 3.62 million U.S. viewers. That’s both TV and streaming.

The entire five-game series, which was mostly one-sided as Tampa Bay defended its title, averaged 2.52 million, the network said....

Still, with all that’s happened with live sports and the television industry over the past year-plus, NBC and the NHL got decent numbers for the finale of their business partnership....

It’s important to note that the league gets eyeballs and dollars north of the border, too (or south of it, if you live in downtown Detroit!).

This year’s series was the first Stanley Cup Final to include a Canadian team since the Vancouver Canucks in 2011. And not surprisingly, Canadians tuned in to see the Habs in their first appearance in the Final since winning an NHL-record 24th championship in 1993.

The English-language Canadian broadcast on Sportsnet/CBC averaged 4.1 million for Game 5 and 3.6 million for the series.

more ($$$)

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Video- Quick Recap Of Game 5 Stanley Cup Final Between Tampa And Montreal

Almost two minutes long.

 

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Video- Quick Recap Of Game 4 Stanley Cup Final

Just over two minutes of your time.

 

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Game Plan Won’t Change For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Tampa Bay Lightning had what they wanted late in Game 4 on Monday; a four-minute power play, their top players on the ice, a chance to win the Stanley Cup.

It just didn't work out.

The Montreal Canadiens killed defenseman Shea Weber's double-minor for high sticking Lightning forward Ondrej Palat at 18:59 of the third period, then cashed in on the momentum when forward Josh Anderson scored at 3:57 of overtime for a 3-2 win.

"We had ample chances to put this one away and we didn't," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "Eventually if you let a team hang around long enough, they may get you and tonight they did."

Instead of sweeping the Canadiens and winning the Stanley Cup at Bell Centre, the Lightning have to try again at home in Game 5 of the best-of-7 series on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Not much changes from their perspective, other than they're down to three chances to win the Stanley Cup.

"You can't pick your adversity," Cooper said. "You hit a little bit of it, and you have to fight your way through it. It's just something we're going to have to fight our way through. We can't hang our hat that we're going home.

"We've been through this before. We've had a chance to knock teams out a few times last year and a few times this year. It's why you go up in series, to give yourself a chance or multiple chances to knock a team out. We just have to regroup and see if we can do it in Game 5."

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