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Scott Hartnell entices Weber and Suter to become Flyers

Jan 14, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

Shea Weber, Ryan Suter AP

Give some credit to Scott Hartnell, he’s dreaming big.

Hartnell knows the Flyers have some needs on the blue line and their opponent tonight, the Nashville Predators, might have at least one guy available to grab in the near future. The Preds have both Ryan Suter and Shea Weber to get signed to long-term contracts and most assumptions say they won’t be able to get both of them locked up.

Hartnell shares with Josh Cooper of The Tennessean that he’d be more than happy to see both of them in Flyers orange and black next season.

“Sometimes they say the grass is greener on the other side when you try and go and try to make a buck or two. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. But on the other hand, there’s a lot of teams out there that spend right to the cap that have great teams every year, like the Flyers,” Hartnell says.

“We’re right up at the top of the conference every year. We want to make runs every year and win the Stanley Cup. Not saying Nashville is not one of those teams.”

Hartnell admits that every team in the league would love to have either Weber or Suter or both and that times are different now financially in Nashville than how they were when he and teammate Kimmo Timonen were there.

Still, the Flyers have a need for a big presence with Chris Pronger out and if Suter is to be traded before becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer or they can’t get a deal done with soon-to-be RFA Weber, they’ll be in the mix.

  1. yettyskills - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    In order for Philly to sign those two guys and be under cap
    Hartnell, you would have to go my man.

  2. philsosexy - Jan 14, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    They wouldn’t sign both of them dumbass

  3. danphipps01 - Jan 14, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Weber would basically fill Pronger’s role and then some. He’s pretty much a perfect fit for them and with their high-power offensive style, he’d notch the huge numbers Nashville’s not able to generate for him. Unlike the Predators, the Flyers have a lot of top-tier forwards to put the puck in the net off of Weber’s endless supply of feeds, and his howitzers would work a lot more often with a guy like Hartnell screening.

    Pronger’s clearly not done with the NHL. He’s a warrior. He wouldn’t accept leaving on any terms but his own. So, that in mind, offering Pronger (who’s still one of the better two-way defenders in the League and only two years removed from an Olympic performance) and a couple of their plethora of offensive options for Weber might be worth considering. The Preds have always been able to develop new defenders. They can raise new prospects to take over that role before Pronger’s done. What they can’t seem to do is find firepower. So, Philly offers something like… eh, it’d have to be pretty impressive. Let’s see… JVR, Pronger and Schenn? Or maybe Couturier, given Pronger’s health, but that’s getting really hefty. Either way, it’s a major investment, but Weber’s one of the top three defensemen in the NHL. He makes the team he’s on noticeably better all on his own. He’s worth a big trade.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      Huh. So JVR’s concussed too. Well, that’s not gonna fly, then. Not unless they go all the way to the deadline and Weber’s still not signed in Nashville. The only way they’d take two injured guys and a prospect, even a very well-regarded one, is if they were backed into a corner and had no options other than loosing him for nothing.

      • tcclark - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM

        Two young, potential stars and one of the greatest defensemen of all-time for a possible half-year rental? How bout no. We just got a huge steal of a trade when we got Schenn, Simmonds, and a second round pick for our captain who just so happened to have like 8 years left on his contract at a VERY affordable price. you’re asking for twice that for a guy with half a year left on his deal. You must be smokin something pretty crazy

  4. kennypowersmfceo - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    You’re a nerd phipps

  5. philsosexy - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Lol

  6. kennypowersmfceo - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Phipps you seriously are living in a dream world……pronger a top two way defensemen? Dude is old as balls and don’t forget he is now having Lindros headaches …..trade value is extremely low considering he still has five years left on his contract?……and throw in a package deal with jvr who is in the same spot as pronger? Your a genius!…..Paul Holgrem look out……Phipps is making his case for GM of the year

  7. vshehane - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Showing Philly how it’s done in Nashville tonight.

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