Could the Oilers pursue Shea Weber? Are more moves in store for the Panthers? Will the Rangers shop Michael Del Zotto?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was referring to Nashville’s Shea Weber when he recently said he’d love to have a “stud defenseman” on his blueline. Matheson acknowledged the asking price for Weber would be huge, and given the Predators lack of offense, it would have to involve one of the Oilers young scoring forwards. MacTavish said he’s willing to part with his 2014 first round pick. Matheson speculates the Predators wouldn’t mind Sam Gagner, and believes they’ve scouted Oilers prospect defensemen Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom.
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough says we don’t know if Predators GM David Poile is willing to entertain offers for Weber, but noted the blueliner’s hefty salary, the presence of Seth Jones, and the Predators need for offense could be reasons to tempt him. Brough believes the Oilers would have to offer up Taylor Hall as part of the deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Poile has previously dismissed the Weber trade speculation and probably will again, but of course one should never say never. Unless the Oilers part with either Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle, along with the first round pick in 2014, and one or two promising prospects, Poile won’t move Weber. If we take MacTavish’s recent comments at face value, he’s not moving his core of young scoring forwards. So, no Weber for the Oilers.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford (citing a tweet from the Miami Herald’s George Richards) reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon vows to remain aggressive in his efforts to improve the roster. Tallon shipped Kris Versteeg to Chicago Thursday night and a week ago sacked his coaching staff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tallon had to absorb half of Versteeg’s remaining salary to facilitate the trade to Chicago. He might have to consider a similar option if he intends to move more of his high-salaried veterans.
CBS SPORTS: Chris Peters cited a tweet from TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie who claimed he’s heard a trade of NY Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto is a possibility. Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch as the Rangers face off tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My take on Del Zotto’s status can be found here.