Report: Canadiens’ Weber ahead of schedule, could return in November


Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

The Montreal Canadiens announced in early July captain Shea Weber would be out until mid-December as he recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery, but it turns out he could be back sooner than that.

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Weber is two weeks ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation and could return to his team’s lineup as early as later this month or during the first week of December.

Weber underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The 33-year-old only managed to suit up for 26 games in 2017-18, his second season with the Canadiens, registering six goals and 10 assists. He managed 17 goals and 42 points in 78 games and finished sixth in Norris Trophy voting in his first year with Montreal.

The towering blueliner began skating again one month ago and practised with his teammates for the first time this season on Monday.

Weber has eight years remaining on his contract, which carries with it an annual salary cap hit of more than $7.85 million.

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