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Shea Weber retired, according to Jonathan Drouin

Shea Weber would be move on, quite simply, Drouin dropped.

Asked to comment on Weber’s presence and visit to the Climate Pledge Arena a few hours before the game against the Kraken, the Quebecer was very clear.

He is in the scouting, he is with Marc (Bergevin). He does something else. He retired in the background. Everyone knows it now. He won’t come back for us. So you move on. Hockey is over.

A quote from:Jonathan Drouin on Shea Weber

While admitting that Weber hadn’t announced it to the rest of the squad in such a direct manner, Jonathan Drouin claimed that everyone expected it.

The striker spoke of his captain in the past tense and praised his great career.

It’s good to see him, but it’s not like he’s in the locker room dressing for the game with us. You make a big deal out of it, but Webby is just passing by to see us and say hello, he clarified.

“He will not come back for us” – Jonathan Drouin

Drouin was obviously happy to move on to another topic and talk about Tuesday night’s game and the importance of this four-game trip to the West Coast.

Should Weber ever formalize his retirement, the Canadiens will have to pay a penalty of a few hundred thousand dollars because of the advantage the team enjoyed when the captain’s actual salary exceeded its impact below the salary cap. The shock would be quite different for the Nashville Predators who awarded him his pantagruelous contract in 2012 by matching the hostile offer made by the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Preds are expected to pay a penalty of over $ 24.5 million spread over a few years. The salary impact below the cap would be $ 7,857,143 for three seasons and $ 999,999 for the fourth year.

Note, however, that the Canadian clarified that Weber had not signed any paper and was not yet retired. He is still officially on the long-term injured list.

The situation is strangely similar to that of star defenseman Chris Pronger a few years ago. Pronger was no longer seen on NHL ice after the 2011-2012 season, but never announced his retirement until his contract ended in 2017. Meanwhile, Pronger worked on the Bettman Circuit Disciplinary Committee.

Weber declined to meet with the media on Tuesday.

Evans on the sidelines

Meanwhile, Jake Evans will miss the game against the Kraken on Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old center was injured earlier in the season and had already skipped his turn against the San José Sharks. Dominique Ducharme has confirmed that he suffers from the same injury which is slow to heal.

He returned to the game, nothing could say he was going to make it worse. But you can see it affects him in the way he takes faceoffs, in the way he plays. We will give it a little bit of time, explained the coach.

Cédric Paquette will take his place in the center of the fourth trio.

The formation of the Canadian

Forwards

  • Drouin-Dvorak-Anderson
  • Hoffman-Suzuki-Gallagher
  • Toffoli-Perreault-Caufield
  • Lehkonen-Paquette-Armia

Defenders

  • Chiarot-Petry
  • Romanov-Savard
  • Niku-Ear

Guardians

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(With the collaboration of Jean-François Chabot)

 
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