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Nashville Predators GM David Poile makes it plain: Shea Weber will not be traded

Because I'm a Wings blogger who constantly gets questions about Shea Weber, and I'm sure other fan bases are doing the same presently due to Weber's "gigantic, gigantic, gigantic, a big big love's" worth of d*** Flyers-engineered contract strain.

As such, I want you to read what Nashville Predators GM David Poile had to say to the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno after the GM's meetings today:

One defenceman is absolutely not going anywhere, and that's Nashville's Shea Weber, who has 12 years left on a US$110-million contract.

"We're keeping him, we're building our franchise around him," Predators GM David Poile said. "I think we've got one of the best young defences in the league. I think he's got an excellent chance of winning the Norris Trophy in 11 or 12 days from now. Why wouldn't we build our team around him? That's exactly what we're doing.

"We just need one or two forwards and when we get that, you'll be saying, 'Imagine that someone ever thought they would trade Shea Weber?' No, we are not trading Shea Weber.''

Whyno continues, discussing Jason Spezza's trade demands and Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon's plans for the #1 overall draft pick.

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Primis's avatar

Again, Poile CAN’T trade Weber until after July 1st thanks to matching the Flyers’ offer sheet to him.

I’m keeping that in mind, because Poile can say whatever the f*** he wants… but if Weber turns around and demands a trade in July, there’s not really a dang thing Poile can do about it and he’d have to trade him.  And the grim reality is…. Shea Weber is probably not going to want to stay in Nashville much longer barring some sort of miraculous organizational turn-around.

I could be wrong on that, but I’m probably not.  because if Weber really did want to stay in NAS all along, he wouldn’t have signed the offer sheet from PHI.

Posted by Primis on 06/11/14 at 09:17 PM ET

Sal's avatar

He also signed the offer sheet in order to get the kind of deal he wanted; those long-term, front-loaded deals that his old partner Ryan got from Minn would not be available after the lockout and Weber and his agent knew that. Weber was an RFA, not UFA and had no leverage on Nashville except to sign an offer sheet.

Posted by Sal from the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains on 06/11/14 at 09:49 PM ET

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