MONTREAL – Yannick Weber
is looking forward to starting next season exactly where he left off.
Fresh off signing a two-year deal with the Canadiens on Wednesday, Weber celebrated his new contract in his favorite offseason hangout: the gym.
“It’s always nice to sign early because it really gives you something to look forward to. When you go to the gym every morning, you know exactly what you’re working for and it pushes you that much harder,” admitted the 22-year-old blue-liner who spends his summers working out back home with fellow Swiss NHLers like Mark Streit. “You never know what’s going to happen. I knew I had a good year last year and I think I showed the organization that I belong in this league, but it’s still a business and there are a lot of things that can happen so it’s definitely a relief.”
After starting the season by racking up 12 points in 15 games in Hamilton last year, the power-play specialist carved out a niche for himself in Montreal and never looked back. But despite his current 49-game NHL tenure, Weber still isn’t planning on flaunting his new-found “veteran” status when he arrives for camp next September.
“To get the opportunity from the coaches to get some ice time and to be put in pretty much every situation gives you confidence and you build from that. As the season went on, I got more and more comfortable and I think showed I belong in this league and I can make a difference,” explained Weber, who notched two goals in three playoff games this spring. “That was good to see but at the same time, I’m still young, I still have a lot to learn and I can still become a better player. That’s going to be my goal over the next couple of years.”
Locked in for the next two seasons, Weber can finally spend less time looking over his shoulder and more time focused on establishing himself on the Canadiens’ blue line.
“The two-year deal is a good timeline for development where you don’t have to think about it every summer,” admitted Weber, who received a flood of congratulatory texts and Tweets from teammates after the news broke. “We have a great group here and I’m looking forward to taking the next step from last year and becoming a better player. I can’t wait to get started next season.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.SEE ALSOHabs ink Yannick Weber to a 2-year deal Forward thinking James Wisniewski traded to Columbus Bolstering the blue line Contractual status of Habs players