Shea Weber’s 16-year NHL career could finally come to an end.

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin told reporters on Thursday that Weber would miss the entire 2021-22 campaign with multiple injuries and “likely won’t be back for his career,” according to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels.

Weber has been plagued with a left foot / ankle problem that has threatened his career in recent years. He missed two weeks with an injury in February 2020 and underwent surgery to repair the tendons in the area in March 2018.

The Canadiens captain also made the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a thumb injury that sidelined him at the end of the season. The injury would be significant.

In addition, Weber also had surgery for a meniscal tear in his right knee in July 2018.

Weber would be a huge loss both on the ice and in the locker room for Montreal. He has five seasons left on his $ 7.8 million per year contract, and the Canadiens would have a “cap clawback” penalty of about $ 4.9 million per season through 2025-26 if he was retiring.

The British Columbia native, who turns 36 next month, has spent the last five years of his career in Montreal after 11 seasons with the Nashville Predators. He has 589 points (224 goals, 365 assists) in 1,038 games.

Weber didn’t miss a game of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning despite his ailments.