Canadiens’ Shea Weber’s injury ‘not as bad as everybody thinks’

The Hockey Night in Canada panel discusses the expected contract extension between Jake Muzzin and the Toronto Maple Leafs, season-ending injuries around the NHL, and Evander Kane lashing out on social media after his suspension.

On Wednesday the Montreal Canadiens announced captain Shea Weber would miss four-to-six weeks with a foot injury, which turned out to be much less time than some originally feared.

On Saturday Headlines during Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman explained where the confusion may have come from and why the injury “is not as bad as everybody thinks.”

“I heard the same rumours as everybody else, that this was very serious,” Friedman said. “I think what really happened was Weber is very private and the Canadiens are generally very private and they just felt that they weren’t going to give an update until they knew were very sure and they didn’t know for sure until eight days after.”

In the segment Friedman outlined the timeline for Weber’s injury. It began on Feb. 4 against the Devils when Weber appeared to hurt his foot. He informed the team of the pain the following day, but swelling delayed how long he had to wait until he could have an MRI. On Feb. 12, Weber finally was able to meet Dr. Robert Anderson — who had operated on Weber’s foot in 2018 — when the full diagnosis was then made clear.

The injury put a damper on what had been a solid bounce-back season for Weber after other injuries limited him to only 84 games over the previous two seasons. In 55 games this year, Weber had 13 goals and 34 points, and he was the Canadiens representative at the all-star game.

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