What the Predators might do with Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, and Hurricanes winger Tuomo Ruutu addresses trade rumors swirling about him.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reported Nashville Predators GM David Poile’s response on Saturday to numerous questions about what he’ll do with pending free agent defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter was, “Ask me on February 27”, which is the NHL trade deadline. While there would undoubtedly be considerable interest if Poile were to shop one or both blueliners, his priority remains re-signing them, and he made it sound as though he won’t move either guy if they’re still unsigned by the deadline and the Predators are still in the playoff race at that time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I disagree with the view the Predators would get a better return if they shopped either guy or both at the trade deadline, rather than in June. It’s still possible to get a good return in June, when teams will have more cap space and more willingness to make trades. One need only look at trade activity in June in recent years, especially near the Entry Draft, to see that. Unless the Predators get a monstrous offer for either guy by the trade deadline, which would improve their offense without jeopardizing their playoff chances, I don’t expect Weber or Suter to be shopped as long as the Preds remain in the playoff hunt.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports Hurricanes winger Tuomo Ruutu is ignoring the trade rumors that have dogged him throughout this season. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored the Hurricanes won’t re-sign Ruutu, so that’s leading to speculation he could be dealt at the trade deadline if the Hurricanes aren’t in the playoff race by then.