Canadiens’ Shea Weber returns to ice for first time since surgery

Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron and Claude Julien discuss their excitement and huge lift in just seeing their captain and leader, Shea Weber, back on the ice.

Fresh off a summer that saw Shea Weber undergo surgery in June to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee — and earn the Montreal Canadiens captaincy a few months later — the veteran defender was back on the ice for the first time Thursday.

Weber isn’t expected back in the lineup until at least December, but appears to be taking the first steps towards regaining his on-ice form.

The 33-year-old is coming off a limited 2017-18 campaign that saw him suit up for just 26 games. He posted 16 points in those appearances after debuting in Montreal with a 43-point effort in his first season with the Canadiens.

Weber has seven years remaining on the hefty $110-million deal he signed back in 2012, carrying an annual cap hit of $7.86 million. With the veteran ranking as the Canadiens’ second-highest-paid player this season, after star netminder Carey Price, expectations will surely be high as the former Nashville Predator looks to find his 50-point form.

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