Shea Weber’s presence in Seattle with his Canadiens teammates leaves few people indifferent.
While some are happy and believe that the captain’s visit will do the troops good, others are more of the opinion that his nebulous status represents a distraction for the team and should be clarified sooner rather than later.
Right now, the information conveyed in the defender’s case is that he is injured “in the long term and a return this season is not in the plans.” Since the end of the summer, however, we have heard everywhere that Weber’s career could simply be over.
“It would not have become a distraction, by any chance?”, Launched a Dave Morissette as intense as inspired, Monday, on the occasion of the program “The after-game LNH”.
Interested by the question of his counterpart, the analyst Maxim Lapierre went there with this answer.
“I don’t think it’s harmful being in Seattle. He’s still a friend of the guys. But if he is retired because he is too mortgaged, yes, indeed, it takes another captain. “
“But if he really withdraws and he knows it, why hide it?”, Retorts Morissette.
Éric Fichaud then offered his theory.
“If he retires, Nashville will have to pay. I think Weber, out of respect for his old organization, doesn’t want to do this to them. “
The answer did not fail to sting Dave Morissette to the quick.
“So, we make the hospital suffer for that!”
A question mark in the locker room
Maxim Lapierre, while happy with Weber’s presence in Seattle, also stressed his dismay at the many gray areas surrounding the future of “the Mountain man.”
“What I don’t like is that there is a question mark in the locker room. Guys are wondering if he’s going to come back or not. And if the players are aware that it is the end for him, they wonder why another captain is not named. If Weber wants to stay in the organization without playing, that’s okay. But that’s called an assistant coach. Let’s give him a role, but not that of captain if he is no longer part of the team. “
Fichaud then relaunched the discussion illico presto.
“Until his retirement is formalized, you don’t want to be the one we call captain. The player to whom this happens would feel way too bad …. “
For Dave Morissette, on the contrary, it is important to appoint a captain as soon as possible. Leadership, says the host, is sorely lacking in the Canadians at the start of the season and we must quickly identify a new leader.
“Seriously guys, it’s a big cliché to say that a player doesn’t need the captain’s title to be a leader. If we really want to move on, that has to be the next step. “
See the (rather muscular) continuation of this discussion in the video above.