Montreal Canadiens: Defenseman Shea Weber Out 5-6 Months Following Knee Surgery

By: Jon Fisher

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Following the Montreal Canadiens' sixth-place finish in the Atlantic Division, they'll be without their top defenseman for the first half of the 2018-19 season. The Canadiens announced Thursday that defenseman Shea Weber will miss approximately 5-6 months following knee surgery. 

Per an NHL.com report, Weber sustained a meniscal tear in his right knee. Weber missed a total of 56 games in the 2017-18 season. One of those games was due to a knee injury. The other 55 missed bouts were the result of a foot injury Weber in December of 2017. At that time, Weber led all Canadiens defensemen with six goals and 16 points in 26 games. 

Dr. David Mulder, Canadiens team physician, spoke with NHL.com and provided more insight on Weber's recovery. 

"This procedure was performed on June 19 by Dr. LaPrade at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. During the procedure, it was determined that the damage to his knee was more serious than previously anticipated and the situation required a more comprehensive procedure to repair a meniscal tear," said Dr. Mulder.

With Weber not expected to return until mid-December at this time, Montreal will rely on the rest of its blue line to carry the load until the veteran Weber returns. 

Victor Mete, Jeff Petry, Karl Alzner and newly-acquired Xavier Ouellet have more work to do for the Canadiens this upcoming season. Despite Petry standing at -30 in last season's campaign, he did lead all Canadiens defenseman with 42 points, while playing all 82 games for the red and blue. 

The young core of players in Montreal will not be alone next season, as Tomas Plekanec, was signed at the beginning of NHL Free Agency, which will give the team a much-needed boost of leadership and morale to begin the year without Weber at the helm for the first-half of the season.