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Shea Weber not happy with speculation on his future

Tim Tucker   ·   12 février 2020
What appeared to be a bombshell report was dropped early Tuesday afternoon that had many wondering whether Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber would ever lace up his skates in another NHL game. Former NHLer and hockey analyst Nick Kypreos put out an update on Twitter quoting "sources" as telling him that Weber's season was over and his "future in question". Weber has not played since Tuesday, February 4th against the New Jersey Devils after suffering what appeared to be a foot-related injury. There had been another report earlier this week saying Shea Weber's return was bound to be longer than the one week initially given by the Habs, which came from TSN's Bob McKenzie. But until Kypreos' Tweet, there had been nothing from any noteworthy source that indicated Weber's playing future could be in jeopardy.

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The Tweet caused a buzz and rightfully so. Weber has missed more than 80 games over the last two seasons and a lot of those were caused by a tendon tear in his right foot that required surgery. Kypreos had referred specifically to the "foot that was surgically repaired in 2018", leading the reader to perceive that Weber had possibly torn the tendon again or had an injury that was acutely related.



It wasn't too long after the report by Kypreos that TSN'S Darren Dreger stated that Weber was meeting with a specialist in Wisconsin at that very moment. Up until that point, the Canadiens had said very little on Weber's injury, other than it involved swelling and the team was waiting until he met with a specialist before releasing more information.



Shortly following Dreger's Tweet, an official update finally came from the Habs which did confirm that Weber was unlikely to see many, if any, additional regular season games in 2019-20. He will miss the next four-to-six weeks with an ankle sprain. The release included the statement "full recovery is expected," leaving little doubt that the 34-year-old blueliner was expected to return to the game at some point.



Later on Tuesday night, Sportnet's Eric Engels, who worked with Kypreos while he was an analyst there, gave an update on the situation which made it clear Weber was "very displeased to see speculation about his career being in jeopardy," adding before today's consultation with the specialist, there was nothing definitive on his injury, let alone his playing future. He asserted the team was "concerned" about Weber's situation but, again, no mention of possible doubt regarding Weber's NHL career.



Many in Engels' Tweet thread tagged Kypreos essentially asking for his response and wondering why he would report a update that the team completely contradicted. While Engels' never specifically named his former co-worker, there's no question the initial information was first reported by Kypreos. His response to the official information from the Canadiens was to double-down on his report.

"Hopeful for the Canadiens, Shea fully recovers in 4-6 wks. But I stand by my story that the [Montreal Canadiens'] concern going into this week was tendon related and not optimistic for his return. Long term questions I believe remain," Kypreos posted to the Twitter account he's been using for years and comes with the official verification check mark from the social media site.



There was no obvious reason to discount the initial report from Kypreos until the official update from Montreal itself. Kypreos spent seven seasons playing in the NHL and then 21 years as an analyst with Sportsnet. If he didn't have contacts after that many years in and around the sport, he wasn't doing his job very well. There's also no reason to think the team is lying about the injury or its severity, leaving one to draw their own conclusions regarding Kypreos' report. In this case, there aren't many plausible scenarios.



Kypreos left Sportsnet in 2019 apparently on his own accord. At the time, he and the network released a joint statement saying the two had decided to part ways. There was no indication that he had been fired or was let go due to cutbacks. His Twitter account states he is now an "ambassador" for Neuenergy, a "healthy, chewable tablet" that is "powered by blueberries."
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TOP 20 G A PTS
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2 1 3
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2 1 3
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1 2 3
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2 - 2
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1 1 2
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1 1 2
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JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1 1 2
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DMITRY KULIKOV
- 2 2
COLIN MILLER
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RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
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COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
58 92
DAVID PASTRNAK
59 82
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
NATHAN MACKINNON
57 80
ARTEMI PANARIN
56 77
BRAD MARCHAND
59 74
JACK EICHEL
57 73
NIKITA KUCHEROV
57 72
PATRICK KANE
58 72
AUSTON MATTHEWS
59 71
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GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
59 42
AUSTON MATTHEWS
59 42
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
57 40
LEON DRAISAITL
58 33
JACK EICHEL
57 32
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ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
58 59
JOHN CARLSON
58 54
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
BRAD MARCHAND
59 51
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
58 49
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
58 69
ROMAN JOSI
57 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
57 49
ALEX PIETRANGELO
58 46
QUINN HUGHES
57 44
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
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QUINN HUGHES
57 44
CALE MAKAR
49 42
NICK SUZUKI
61 38
VICTOR OLOFSSON
43 37
DOMINIK KUBALIK
56 35
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
JORDAN BINNINGTON
41 24
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
43 24
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
48 24
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ELVIS MERZLIKINS
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MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
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JAROSLAV HALAK
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