Re: Shea Weber
posted at 11/26/2010 2:06 AM EST
In Response to Shea Weber
[QUOTE]Here is the guy that would push us over the edge and may be available due to free agency. Put all you eggs in one basket here. This would be the guy to target!!! Wheeler, Ference, are 1st rounder for Weber This of course would have to come near the trade deadline and after we shed some salary! Would be nice!
Posted by samsonov[/QUOTE]
Weber was named the 19th best player in the NHL by TSN, ahead of Chara and Mike Greene. He was also voted ahead of Chara by 2% in a poll of NHL players as top d-man in the league. He's going to be 26 when he's a free agent, ready to sign the biggest contract of his career. If Chara was making 7 million a year for the past 4 years, that's the range Weber will be in. Do you really think Boston can afford to tie up 15 million on 2 defensemen? We can't even get under the cap now for Pete's sake!
Weber can go to arbitration for 1 year, and when he's 27, become an unrestricted free agent. Nashville doesn't want that to happen. So if they don't think he will sign long term, they will move him. But every team in the league is interested. Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto are rumored to already be inquiring, and Shea's agent is already negotiating a possible extension with Nashville.
If they were to trade him, it would take a lot more than Ryder, Wheeler, and a first...plus we'd have to dump salary too. Don't forget, when Webers new contract will be kicking in 2 years from now, you will have Krejci, Seguin, and Rask all looking for new deals as well! Sure this would give the Bruins the best blue line in the NHL, but it would also put us WAY over the salary cap!
People who think that Ryder would or could be part of the deal, other than as a throw in for salary dump, are delusional. Ryder has no trade value to a team that is rebuilding! His only value is as a hired gun to a contender to contribute secondary scoring. Why would a rebuilding team want a player who is going to be unrestricted, and has been underperforming for the past 2 years?
It would probably take Krejci, Hunwick AND Toronto's 1st to land Weber.
While I love Weber, my chief concern is the salary cap. With Chara and Weber making 15 million per year combined over the next 4 years, and with Bergy, Horton, Savard and Lucic in the 4-5 million range, and Seidenberg making 3.25, if you don't put a guy like Krejci in the deal, you''ll be over the cap.
It sounds good in theory, but is not practical!