Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – August 10, 2014

The latest on Shea Weber, plus a listing of five aging NHL veterans facing retirement.

Why won't the Shea Weber trade rumors fade away?

Why won’t the Shea Weber trade rumors fade away?

NBC SPORTS: Ryan Dadoun reports on the now-seemingly annual trade rumors which crop up about Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber. Despite the constant denial of Predators GM Dave Poile, Weber’s name continues to surface in the rumor mill.

One reason is Weber’s heavily front-loaded contract, making it difficult for the small-market Predators to carry. Dadoun also notes the growing young blueline corps behind Weber, suggesting the Predators could handle Weber’s long-term absence. He also notes the Predators haven’t been competitive lately. Still, Dadoun feels it would be surprising for the Predators to trade Weber, unless the Predators’ situation worsen or Weber grows impatient waiting for the club to improve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize Predators fans are sick of the Weber trade speculation of the past couple of years, but Dadoun covers all the bases here. It’s apparent Poile is building the Predators around Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne. If the Predators improve into perennial playoff contenders in the near future there will be little reason for Weber’s name to keep popping up in trade rumors. If they miss the playoffs again this season, the Weber trade speculation will not grow louder.

While the Predators are building a solid young defense corps, throughout their history they’ve been lacking a true franchise forward. A team deep in scoring talent but lacking a top defenseman  would have serious interest in Weber, provided they have the cap space to take on his contract. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Adam Proteau wonders if aging NHL veterans Saku Koivu, Daniel Alfredsson, Martin Brodeur, Ray Whitney and Todd Bertuzzi should hang in there for another season or hang up their skates.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For some of these player the decision will be made for them. I don’t believe there’s a market for Whitney and Bertuzzi. Alfredsson’s stated he’ll only return with the Detroit Red Wings, provided his back can handle another NHL season. There could still be interest in Brodeur as a backup and in Koivu as a checking-line center. 

15 Comments

  1. Preds should have taken the 5 first round draft choices for Weber when they had the chance (Philly offer sheet), just like Buffalo should have taken the 5 picks for Vanek when Edmonton gave him the offer sheet. Nashville needs a few top 6 forwards if they are going to compete.

    • If Philly got Weber, then those 5 first round picks would be near the bottom. But i get your point about Buffalo just letting Vanek walk, and take the Oilers 1st first picks. Even with Vanek, the Oilers would still stink

      • However the Sabres couldn’t do that given the Drury/Briere fisasco that happened just months earlier. To also let Vanek walk would have been a PR disaster. They had to retain Vanek for that reason.

        Also, hindsight is 20/20.

        • Good points guys – I was thinking the Sabres could have used the Vanek money to keep Briere and Drury. But then again, I am asking Dorky Darcy Regier to actually plan. Yeah those 5 Oilers 1st rounders could have been sweet.

    • 5 firsts? Wasn’t it 3 firsts? Also Regier was basically pressured into matching the Oilers offer. Fans were already raising hell when he lost Drury, Dumont and Briere in the same offseason add Vanek to that list the guy would be looking at a few bricks thrown through his window.

    • It was 4 1st round picks.

      • Regier was and still is clueless – no doubt he had to match the offer. Rgier should have had a plan to keep his leadership. But Buffalo has never really been the same since Briere and Drury left via free agency. Your leadership walked out the door.

  2. I can’t see Weber being traded. They have been paying 14 mil a year on on a 7.8 cap hit. They are already paying him millions over his cap hit. All of which does not change his cap hit at any point, but his actual annual cost will start going down. They have invested too much money into the future of his contact to trade him. They would not just be trading the player, but the millions of dollars invested into his contact. As of July first, they have already paid over 18 million above his cap hit towards future years.

    • The offer sheet, contract and burden were the primary reasons why I thought the Preds should have let him walk. But talk about PR disasters, Suter and Weber walking so close together? That should have hurt Nashville permanently.

      • Can you imagine Phillies cap issues if the Preds had taken the offer sheet?

  3. Sharks get Weber. Preds get Pavelski

    Let’s do this.

    • Palvelski alone wont get you Weber?

    • Not nearly enough.
      Maybe couture and burns.

  4. “I realize Predators fans are sick of the Weber trade speculation” Who are these predators fans you speak of. My brother is a born Leaf fan but in the last few years bought a Nashville jersey to wear when to the Leafs play the Preds because he is sick of the crap the Leafs put on and off the ice every year. It more of a joke to cheer for the Preds who have done little and who’s salaries is a lot lower then the Leafs but yet the Leafs have all this money and yet can not find a way to fill your main holes. Sorry off point. Who are these Preds fans anyway.

    • I have been to games in Nashville and met the Nashville fans you ask about. Poile wishes he had the money work with in Nashville.