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Trade Shea Weber?

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Anytime an NHL team trades away a fantastic player and person in the prime of his career, people will be upset. But the wisely managed teams have the courage to be bold because it makes sense for the best interests of the franchise.

It may hurt to acknowledge that’s where the Preds are at with Weber. But once you remove any emotional attachment you might have to seeing Weber in a Nashville uniform, you can see the prospect of trading the most famous Predator ever isn’t a bad thing at all. It sets the stage for better days.

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Franzen, Sammy and Tootoo.  Get it done!

Posted by Garth on 10/24/13 at 05:13 PM ET

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Hell, throw in two first rounders.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 10/24/13 at 05:14 PM ET

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Lol I like Garths idea. Throw in Cleary too just to be fair.

Posted by MrSEPro on 10/24/13 at 05:37 PM ET

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Dumb idea. From Proteau, that figures.

Posted by larry on 10/24/13 at 05:41 PM ET

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It was pretty dumb for the Preds to sign him.  Having signed him to that absurd deal, however, it’d now be even dumber to trade him.

The time to trade Weber (and Suter) was before they hit UFA status.  They could have gotten a pair of motherlode deals for those two guys.  Now Suter left and they got bupkus for a #1 dman and they’ve signed Weber to a market-value deal, so they aren’t going to get as much for him now as they would have gotten pre-deal.

I don’t know what Poile is trying to do.  Worse, I don’t think he knows what he’s trying to do, other than save his job for another year or so… which is invariably bad news for that guys organization.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 10/24/13 at 09:03 PM ET

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It was pretty dumb for the Preds to sign him.  Having signed him to that absurd deal, however, it’d now be even dumber to trade him.

The time to trade Weber (and Suter) was before they hit UFA status.  They could have gotten a pair of motherlode deals for those two guys.  Now Suter left and they got bupkus for a #1 dman and they’ve signed Weber to a market-value deal, so they aren’t going to get as much for him now as they would have gotten pre-deal.

I don’t know what Poile is trying to do.  Worse, I don’t think he knows what he’s trying to do, other than save his job for another year or so… which is invariably bad news for that guys organization.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 10/24/13 at 09:03 PM ET

Sure, but you’re only able to say that with hindsight. All Poile can do today is try to make the best decision about how to move forward in the situation he’s presented with.

I could argue that trading Weber before the offer sheet would’ve been worse for the Preds because teams would’ve known that the Preds were simply trying to keep their player payroll costs down, giving those potential trade partners a bit of leverage. The potential partners would also have the uncertainty of Weber’s pending RFA status (and if he decided to, UFA status shortly following). Now that the Preds have Weber in hand with a $7.8 million AAV, they can discuss trades that give the trading partner more certainty (no RFA or UFA considerations to worry about), and at worst, they can always simply keep one of the best players in the league if a deal isn’t to their liking.

Lastly, with salary inflation a near-guarantee as the cap very likely rises for the majority of this 10-year CBA, $7.8 million AAV for a top-tier D-man is a fair number, especially if you’re a team like Toronto, New York, or Philly, etc. that are always willing to spend to the ceiling and haven’t shown any shyness in making huge trades and shuffling around numerous contracts.

Even today, while Weber is the highest AAV for a D-man, I’d argue that he’s a better and more valuable player than the three players immediately above him on the top AAV list (Perry, Staal, Getzlaf). The term is obviously the fly in the ointment there, but again, I think the types of teams that would be heavily in on trade talks for a player like Weber are clearly not the type to shy away from long-term deals.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/25/13 at 09:32 AM ET

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Years ago I had The Hockey News mailed to my home, back then in Florida there wasn’t much hockey news and no internet. Today The Hockey News is as useful as a phone book. The Hockey News writers are no better and in many cases worse than any of the many hockey bloggers out on the web. I recently stopped reading The Hockey News coming to the conclusion that they are not even worth the time to read.

Posted by Puckbubba on 10/25/13 at 10:40 AM ET

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