Shea Weber just had a whirlwind week when he met the Montreal media, but the new Montreal Canadiens defenseman managed to attend the Brendan Gallagher Celebrity Softball Classic at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver on Saturday.
"Shea has had a bit of a busy week, so it talks about the type of person he is, the type of man that he is doing something like this for me," Gallagher told Sportsnet. "Obviously [I'm] very appreciative."
Weber, a Sicamous, British Columbus native, was among the highest profile NHL players at the second annual charity softball game that raised money for Montreal-based Shriners Hospital for Children. The game came five days after Weber's first public appearance in Montreal since the Canadiens acquired Weber from the Nashville Predators in a trade for P.K. Subban on June 29.
Montreal overhauled its roster after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011-12, with the acquisition of Weber the biggest move of its offseason. The Canadiens also signed Russian forward Alexander Radulov on July 1, and on June 24 traded two second-round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Andrew Shaw.
Those moves, plus the anticipated healthy return of goalie Carey Price, who played 12 games last seeason but won the Vezina and Hart trophies in 2014-15, have the Canadiens optimistic about this season.
"You want to move on," Gallagher told TVA Sports. "We all look forward to the start of the season, and the faster we can dive back in there, the better."