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‘We’re not trading’ Shea Weber, says Preds GM

Feb 28, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

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Nashville general manager David Poile says he’s not trading Shea Weber. And according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, he’s saying it “firmly.”

“We’re not trading Shea,” said Poile, “we’ve told that to everybody, people ask and it’s their right to ask, but we’re not trading him.”

You may recall back in November when we added to the speculation that the Oilers could make a pitch for Weber. And because we’re stubborn, we’re not quite ready to officially give up on that idea.

The real proof in the pudding will come this summer, not before Wednesday’s trade deadline, when the budget-conscious Preds have to pay Weber another $13 million bonus, per his $110 million contract.

  1. jbink2585 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    WHY? LOL

    • jimw81 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      the boat load of his contract kicks in the summer

      • bellicosejeff - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        The contract has been kicked in haha. He gets a 13 million dollar signing bonus for the first 4 years with a 1 million dollar base salary. The 5th and 6th year he gets an 8 million dollar bonus with a 4 million base. After that no bonus and his base is 6 million for a few years then it start going down every year after.

  2. penguins87and71 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    I personally would just trade shea Weber, you could get a boat load in return that could make your team better then it is right now, I would be on the phone asking for other teams to take Weber.

  3. jbink2585 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Hes only probably in the top 3 dmen in the league, you only spent over 20+ million dollars over the last year on him, you never will get enogh talent back that is the equivalent to him, but other than that totally tradeable hahah

  4. crazemastercraze - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    After his performance at the Olympics, Polie could ask for four first round picks and a prospect. He was that good. Trading him sure seems tempting.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      You can ask for anything, hes awesome player they will not get 4 1st however. Top prospect, NHL roster player, and 2 1st id bet be more like it.

      • henrik4dawin - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        Top prospect, Top 6 (or top 4 defenceman) young NHL roster player and 2 1’sts– he’s top 3 in the league and can instantly make your team exponentially better

      • jbink2585 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        People know Preds situation, they will not get all that, I agree he worth it but they wont get that. People know that contract and the sooner the better the preds will need to trade him because on the wrong side of 30. Team are also aware of Nash financial limitations, and also know the future dilemma(CONTRACT WISE) they will be in with all the young talent(ESP ON BLUELINE) Seth Jones in particular. Last thing Preds would want to do is play hardball and keep this contract for its duration. Example of a Deal use my flyers for example Homer to be fair say take 1 of 2 schenn coutz then 1 of 2 voracheck read and 2 first round picks anything more greedy.

  5. elwaysagenius - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Lose Suter to keep Weber, then trade Weber. OK

    • ruthlessandtoothless - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Suter left cause he wanted to play in the midwest. Poile was willing to match any contract he was offered but Suter never even considered staying.

  6. bellicosejeff - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    I can see us trading him in a few years IF Seth Jones is playing so good he justifies the move. Even then maybe we trade him and keep Weber. With Josi and Weber locked in long term and Jones lurking in the mix, someone will surely have to go eventually, right? For the next few years though I wouldn’t bother speculating about a possible Shea Weber trade.

  7. pone27 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I’d move Weber. Jones is going to become a top 2 dman, maybe not as all around as Weber for Weber is a rare piece, but Jones will fill the gap just fine. Not to mention, Jones will not be seeing Webers contract anytime soon if ever, so from a cap perspective, it still is smart.

    Weber is that good where if you move him, you are going to get a great return. If you don’t, you still have one of the top 3-4 dmen in the league. Poile not wanting to move him really is not some huge decision.

  8. jimw81 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Paul Holmgren on line one for Mr.Poile

  9. flash8910 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    A team would be crazy to trade for him. He is almost 30. He has 12 more years on his contract for $7.857 cap hit.

    I take that back. He would be a perfect fit for the Flyers. He can take Pronger’s place in a few years.

    FYI – Pronger, 39, 3 more years on the contract, can’t officially retire.

  10. Wineshard - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Kesler?

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