What could it cost the Philadelphia Flyers to pry Shea Weber away from the Nashville Predators? Could Henrik Zetterberg’s ailing back force the Detroit Red Wings into the trade market? Read on for the latest.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio speculates over what it could take for the Philadelphia Flyers to acquire Shea Weber from the Nashville Predators this summer. Panaccio believes the asking price will be high and any skater on the Flyers except Claude Giroux could be trade bait. He doubts, however, the Flyers part with promising defense prospect Samuel Morin, who some scouts compare favorably to a young Chris Pronger. Panaccio also wondered if Paul Holmgren will still be Flyers GM by then or if assistant GM Ron Hextall makes that move.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I acknowledge Panaccio’s point the Predators are loading up on young defensemen, which could make it easier to justify shopping Weber (who lacks a no-trade clause) for scoring punch at forward. The asking price will be expensive, as I believe the Preds would want a proven first liner along with a second line scorer as part of the return. Weber has 12 years remaining on his contract with only $28 million of its $110 million paid out. It’s a hefty annual cap hit (over $7.8 million) to carry for a long time, even with a salary cap projected to consistently increase over the remainder of this CBA. Still, the Flyers were the ones who signed Weber to that offer sheet back in 2012. It wouldn’t surprise me if they’re still interested in him.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan, responding to questions from his readers, says it’s yet to be determined if Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc) is sidelined for the rest of the season. Khan acknowledged, however, if Zetterberg is out of the season it could push the Wings into the trade market. He noted the pickings are slim so far with only five teams ((Buffalo, Florida, Islanders, Edmonton and Calgary) currently considered sellers, and the asking prices for players like Thomas Vanek (Islanders), Matt Moulson (Buffalo), Mike Cammalleri (Calgary) and Brad Boyes (Florida) will be expensive.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Zetterberg is to undergo further evaluation in Detroit this week. The results will determine if the Wings need to go shopping for depth. Though they have limited cap space they could get some relief by placing Zetterberg on LTIR. If they do go the trade route they won’t find anyone who can adequately replace their captain.