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Shea Weber undergoes knee surgery, out until mid-December

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The surgery extends the defenceman’s recovery time

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Shea Weber, the cornerstone of the Montreal Canadiens defensive core suffered a set back on his road to recovery, and the return date is looking closer to the holiday season rather than the expected start of the season.

Weber suffered a meniscal tear in his right knee, and had arthroscopic knee surgery on the June 19 by Dr. LaPrade at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. The Canadiens did not release the news sooner because of the complexity of the situation as well as the upcoming NHL Draft and free agency period.

Weber suffered a foot injury in the season opener on October 5 against the Buffalo Sabres, when he blocked a shot. Weber did not miss a game until the November 9 against the Minnesota Wild.

Weber continued to play on and off for a few weeks before ending his season after the Centennial Classic in Ottawa.

In total Weber missed 55 games during the 2017-2018 season.