NHL Roundup: Shea Weber’s career in jeopardy; Brando Carlo signs new deal; teams prep for expansion; trade rumors and more

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Nov 23, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber (6) celebrates his goal against New York Rangers wit teammates during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Another extremely busy offseason day is in the books for the NHL. A multitude of signings took place, and a trade. Plenty of this is in preparation for the Seattle Expansion Draft on July 21st.

We lead off with big news coming out of Montreal.

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Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber’s future is uncertain

The 35-year-old defenseman may not play next season — and possibly beyond — due to lingering knee, foot, ankle and thumb injuries. He missed the Canadiens’ final eight regular-season games with a thumb injury but played 22 games (one goal, five assists) during the recently concluded Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Canadiens, NHL and NHLPA are all looking into the longtime defenseman’s medical status and what it could mean for the remaining years on his 14-year contract, which he signed in 2012. Weber underwent surgery to repair tendons in his left foot in March 2018 and missed 80 games between 2017-19. He was limited to 48 regular-season games due to injury this season, scoring just 19 points (six goals, 13 assists).

According to reports, the Canadiens will expose the three-time Norris Trophy finalist in next Wednesday’s Seattle Kraken expansion draft, allowing Montreal to protect a healthier player.

Weber just finished his 16th season, accumulating 589 points in 1,038 career games with the Nashville Predators (2005-16) and Montreal.

Bruins sign Brando Carlo to six-year deal; Kevan Miller retires

The Bruins got to work on Wednesday. Defenseman Brandon Carlo signed a six-year contract extension to remain in Boston on Wednesday.

The team said the annual average value is $4.1 million.

“The Bruins are very pleased to have extended Brandon on a long-term deal,” general manager Don Sweeney said in a news release. “Brandon is a player who has grown into a foundational defenseman with our team while also emerging as an important leader on and off the ice.”

Defenseman Kevan Miller announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday after playing seven seasons with the Boston Bruins.

“Although my spirit for the game is there, unfortunately my body isn’t,” Miller wrote Wednesday on Instagram. “My overall health and my family are now the priority. This was not an easy decision to make, but it’s time to hang up my skates.”

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A big name, or at least a big contract, has agreed to waive his no-move clause. Sabres forward Jeff Skinner will now be available to the Seattle Kraken for the upcoming 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. His agent, Don Meehan confirmed with The Buffalo News on Wednesday.

The Hurricanes acquired Dylan Wells from the Oilers. This will allow them to protect Alex Nedeljkovic.

The Penguins signed two-way center Teddy Blueger.

The Seattle Kraken officially became the NHL’s 32nd team on April 30. The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft will be held on July 21.

Teams on Vladimir Tarasenko’s trade list emerges

A new report indicates 8 teams on Tarasenko’s trade list. The Lightning, Capitals, Islanders, Rangers, Flyers, Golden Knights, Panthers, and Bruins are teams he would waive to go to.

NHL Trade Rumors Roundup

From yesterday alone:

  • Gabriel Landeskog may hit free agent market
  • Lightning will not ask Steven Stamkos to waive his NMC
  • Blackhawks interested in Marc-Andre Fleury
  • Sabres lower asking price on Jack Eichel

Stay up to date on all the top NHL Rumors at The Daily Goal Horn.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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