The Montreal Canadiens are up to a surprising good start to the season, led by none other than the guy so many people laughed at when they learned that Alex Galchenyuk was traded to Arizona. Yes, at the time of writing this, Max Domi is 11th in the entire NHL is the scoring lead and doing so by playing… centre. After trading both Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens also find themselves in the top-10 offensive teams in the league, scoring 3.29 goals per game. Tomas Tatar has 15 points in 17 games and Nick Suzuki is dominant in the OHL.
A few weeks after being named team captain, news out of Edmonton is that Shea Weber is taking part in the team’s practice in a full contact jersey. It didn’t take long for head coach Claude Julien to attempt to lower the expectations regarding his ultimate leader and best defenseman though.
A history lesson
Remember two years ago when the Canadiens told us that Carey Price was week to week and ended up missing the entire season? Perhaps you do remember when, last season, Weber was day to day, week to week with a foot injury which turned out to be more serious, even affecting his knee and he sat the rest of the season? Remember the outrage by fans and media claiming a lack of transparency in the part of the organization? We put that one in the ‘lesson learned’ category folks… and it started this past summer.
Both Andrew Shaw and Paul Byron miraculously came back earlier than expected. Are they specimen of nature or did the Canadiens play it safe by giving fans and media a longer timeline for their return, knowing full well that their own prognosis was for them to return sooner? Better safe than sorry this time around?
Now the one everyone refers to as Man Mountain practices with his team and Julien states that his return is still scheduled for mid-December?
You know what I’m thinking, for what it’s worth? Shea Weber is hinging close to a return and he’s either ahead of schedule or on schedule with what the Canadiens had originally in mind. What they’re providing us for information is the original worst case scenario date and they’re sticking to it in case he suffers a setback. But don’t be fooled. The Habs seem to want to avoid the negative press they got the last two years about their injured players and Weber is close… even very close to wearing his shiny new “C” on his jersey in a game. And while this will make many people happy, no one will be happier than his struggling friend Carey Price. Go Habs Go!