The NHL will allow the Montreal Canadiens to place Shea Weber on the long-term injured list to start the season, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun. The defenseman is not expected to play at all this season and it’s unclear whether the 36-year-old will ever be able to resume his career.

“We are not currently challenging that Shea Weber satisfies the CBA requirements necessary to qualify for LTI,” Daly said.

Weber, who captained the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup final last season, has five seasons remaining on his current contract that carries an approximate $7.86 million cap hit. Montreal currently has just $750,000 of salary cap space, according to

Montreal is also without Carey Price, who is out indefinitely after entering the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. The Canadiens would need the salary cap space provided by Weber’s long-term injury designation in order to active the goaltender.

In 1,038 career games with the Predators and Canadiens, Weber has 589 points (224 goals, 365 assists).

The Canadiens lost to Toronto 2-1 in their season opener on Wednesday.

This is a developing story.

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