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Reports: Shea Weber has career-threatening injury, won’t be protected in expansion draft

The culprit is the same foot/ankle injury that forced him to miss time last season.

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Various outlets are reporting that Shea Weber has a lingering issues with his foot/amkle injury. We had heard a few days ago that Weber might miss the start of next season, but the report now is that it could be even longer, and potentially career-ending.

It was obvious in the regular season that Weber’s mobility was a significant issue, but he looked like a different player in the playoffs. Apparently that was a case of him working through the pain — of both the foot issue and a broken thumb — to give the team its best chance at a Stanley Cup.

The Canadiens will instead protect three other members of the blue line, likely Jeff Petry, Joel Edmundson, and Ben Chiarot. In a recent article, all four polled members of the EOTP staff had Weber on our lists of player to be exempt from the Seattle Kraken expansion draft. It would be a major blow to the team to lose its captain and one of its top defenders.