Now that the Ryan Suter saga has ended and he’s inked with the Minnesota Wild for the next 13 years at $98 million, all the attention turns to Nashville’s captain, Shea Weber.
Shea Weber is quite possibly the best defenseman in the NHL right now, and if you thought Suter’s deal in Minnesota was huge, Shea’s next deal will likely command much higher salary.
According to reports, Shea Weber was in shock and “disbelief” when Ryan Suter signed with Minnesota, leading many to believe that Weber’s time in Nashville may be coming to a close.
As of right now, Weber is a restricted free agent. He has not filed for arbitration, as contract talks have been “ongoing”. It’s obvious Nashville Predators GM David Poile would like to lock him up long-term, but it’s still uncertain at this point whether he still wants anything to do with the Predators now that his friend and defensive partner has left.
Poile has no fear of anybody sending an offer sheet to Shea, as he’s already stated numerous times that he would match any offer sheet. If that were to happen, Weber would be retained for another year. Offer sheets are not common, so don’t expect any team to waste their time sending Weber one.
Some have suggested that Poile may offer Weber a high-salary one year deal and work out a long-term deal during next season, but again, Shea Weber may or may not want to stay in Nashville.
If it becomes clear that Shea Weber wants out, GM David Poile will look to trade the all-star defenseman, but the price may be too high to handle for most clubs.
Weber would likely command a solid top-line defenseman (or two) in return for Weber, as well as high draft picks and top prospects.
My question to Flyers fans is, what would YOU give up for Weber?
Though some fans may not want to hear it, a trade involving the Flyers for Weber would almost certainly include Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier. Both players are dearly loved in Philadelphia already, and they’ve only just finished one full season.
Both Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn have dazzled many people this past season, and both have the makings of future stars in the NHL. With Luke Schenn (Brayden’s older brother) recently being traded to the Flyers, I find it hard to believe they’d be willing to part with Brayden at this point. Sean Couturier would likely be the odd man out in a potential trade.
Personally, I’d do whatever it takes to acquire Shea Weber. If he does become available via trade, I’m giving up whatever Poile is asking (within reason of course) and work with the GM and get a deal done.
Players like Shea Weber do not come around often, and with Chris Pronger likely done, Weber would take his place perfectly. Shea’s physical style is something the Flyers were lacking this past season on defense. He’s an all around Flyer.
So, I ask you, what would you give up to acquire Shea Weber? What is too much?
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