Edmundson taking personal leave from Canadiens, Weber’s return a ‘longshot’

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid takes a hit from Montreal Canadiens' Joel Edmundson during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Monday, April 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Joel Edmundson will be away from the team for an indeterminate amount of time as he deals with a family matter, general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday.

Edmundson was shaken up by his father not doing well in his battle with lung cancer, and is away from the team to be with his family.

“I gave him a hug,” Bergevin said. “Family comes first.”

Earlier in October, Edmundson was expected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks with an undisclosed injury. He has yet to appear in a regular-season game for the Canadiens this year.

Montreal’s blue line was already depleted heading into the season, with captain Shea Weber’s future thrust into uncertainty by injuries.

Bergevin offered an update on his status on Wednesday, too, saying that Weber hasn’t had any surgeries since the end of last season but won’t be back this year.

“He hasn’t resumed training,” Bergevin said. “He’s still in rehab (for injuries)… not anywhere near (resuming training).”

Though Bergevin is holding out hope that Weber will be able to resume his career one day, the general manager acknowledged the possibility was a “longshot.”

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