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Preds’ early exit has Vancouver fans dreaming about Weber

May 10, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

Shea Weber

Unlike teammate Ryan Suter, Shea Weber can’t simply walk away from the Nashville Predators this summer. The former’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1; the latter merely restricted.

Weber can, however, become unrestricted on July 1, 2013, a fact that’s had teams drooling for a while now.

Take the Vancouver Canucks, a franchise that’s been around since 1970 and never – not once – boasted a defenseman that’s been nominated for the Norris Trophy.

Not coincidentally, many will argue, the Canucks have never won the Stanley Cup.

Also not coincidentally, the three times they’ve been to the finals, the teams that beat them featured Norris winners Denis Potvin (Islanders), Brian Leetch (Rangers) and Zdeno Chara (Bruins).

(Fun fact: the last Norris winner that retired without a championship ring was Doug Wilson.)

This morning, one Vancouver newspaper is wondering if the Canucks could land Weber, who also happens to be a British Columbia native.

From The Province:

If the discussion about whether Mattias Ohlund should be in the Ring of Honour underscored anything, it’s just how deprived the Canucks have been of great defencemen. It’s hard to believe, after 40 years, the question of “who is the Canucks’ best blueliner of all time?” is boiled down to Jyrki Lumme vs. Ohlund.

What, no love for Doug Lidster?

Yesterday, Weber said he’ll have to digest the disappointment of losing to the Coyotes before he thinks about the future.

But if Suter signs elsewhere this summer, like many believe he will, it could make it even tougher for Nashville to lock up Weber, who’ll get a massive contract regardless of where he decides to play. The question he’ll have is, can I win here?

Related: Suter: “Wherever I sign, I want to be there for the rest of my career”

  1. govtminion - May 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Show me a team that ISN’T dreaming of landing Weber or Suter, and I’ll show you a team that either is right up against the cap, or just doesn’t get how running a hockey team works.

  2. mgp1219 - May 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    If Weber wants to win a President’s Cup, then, by all means, he should sign with Vancouver.
    If he wants a chance to win a Stanley Cup, he should look elsewhere.

    • Jason Brough - May 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Actually, if he wants to win a Presidents Cup, he’ll have to work on his putting.

      • mgp1219 - May 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        Vancouver fan, Jason? Did I hurt your feelings?

      • Jason Brough - May 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        Nah, just don’t think Fred Couples will make him a captain’s pick. That’s all.

      • mgp1219 - May 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        Maybe he could be paired up with Luongo or the twins (they are inseparable, right?), or LaPierre or Burrows, etc…you know, members of the “best team in hockey”.

      • taytay099 - May 11, 2012 at 1:28 AM

        I don’t think he got the Presidents Cup joke at all.

  3. Jason Brough - May 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Actually, I’d separate the twins. Generally you like to pair guys with complementary skills.

    • mgp1219 - May 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Nice passive aggression, Brough. My wife does that, too.

      • comeonnowguys - May 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Shenanigans. Can’t meet women, let alone marry, if you don’t leave your basement.

        …unless they deliver you your pizza and your front door’s unlocked, I guess.

    • biasedhomer - May 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      The twins make each other better, separate them and they will be less effective.

  4. mgp1219 - May 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Looks like I’ve struck a chord with a lot of Vancouver Cannots fans. Sensitive, eh?
    You’re about as thick skinned as your hockey team is.

    • Jason Brough - May 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Or maybe it’s just fun to banter back and forth.

      • mgp1219 - May 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        Yeah, that’s what it is.

  5. t16rich - May 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Come home Weber. B.C. needs you instead of Bieksa’s phony ass.

  6. jason9696 - May 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    If he ever wants to win the Stanley Cup. He’ll never sign with Vancouver.

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