Mark down another NHL star struck with a concussion, as the Nashville Predators announced Tuesday afternoon that defenseman Shea Weber will be out indefinitely with the injury. For Preds fans, including those at On the Forecheck, it's okay to be alarmed.
Feel free to commence panicking, folks.
It was fun to watch Ryan Ellis take his NHL bow last night, but Weber is one of the top players in the league, and an even greater burden will be placed upon Ryan Suter's shoulders to soak up ice time until the captain can return. Last night, he was joined by Roman Josi on the top pair, backed up by Francis Bouillon/Jonathon Blum and Jack Hillen/Ryan Ellis. We're still waiting to see if Kevin Klein can return to the lineup as well.
Weber was hit by Mark Fistric of the Dallas Stars in a game on Friday evening, but he remained in that contest and didn't report symptoms until Monday morning. Ellis replaced him in Monday night's game, and the team announced on Twitter that he'll miss Wednesday's home game as well while being monitored on a daily basis.
As with all other concussions in the NHL this season, it seems the Preds will take extreme caution with this head injury to their captain, and it's unknown exactly how long he'll be out of the lineup. That news will come as evaluations by doctors continue, but for now, we know he'll miss at least one more game.