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Poile reaffirms that Weber’s not for sale

Jun 12, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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There’s no question that teams would jump at the chance to pry defenseman Shea Weber away from the Nashville Predators — as Philadelphia once tried to do — but GM David Poile isn’t interested in listening to offers.

“We’re keeping him, we’re building our franchise around him,” Poile said. “I think we’ve got one of the best young defenses in the league. I think he’s got an excellent chance of winning the Norris Trophy in 11 or 12 days from now.

“Why wouldn’t we build our team around him? That’s exactly what we’re doing. We just need one or two forwards and when we get that, you’ll be saying, `Imagine that someone ever thought they would trade Shea Weber?’ No, we are not trading Shea Weber.’”

It’s worth noting that, possibly in an attempt to financially muscle the Predators out of matching their offer sheet, the Flyers made sure that Weber’s contract was severely front-loaded in a way that wouldn’t be permitted under the new CBA. Weber will earn $14 million annually through the 2015-16 campaign even though his cap hit is roughly half that. However, if the small-market Predators can endure that stretch, then his salary will begin to decline.

  1. areaman714 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Looks like he is on the trading block after all . . .

  2. alicesrightfootesq - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    “But..but..we’re still going to get him somehow!!!” – Flyers fans

    • petersteelewannabe - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      If Holmgren was still in charge I’d be worried that you’re right-
      the thought of what he’d be willing to part with to get him….(douche chills)

    • flyerspsu - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      *Flyers Media*

  3. titansbro - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    He ain’t going nowhere. He’s too important to that franchise. He’s a star & lesser hockey markets need stars.

    • musamonster - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      The problem is Poile also has Josi and Jones, so why keep Weber if you can trade him for the players the Preds really need? Weber could be traded for a real star in return, and likely a nice package that could remake the team. And if the deal isn’t there, then don’t trade him.

      I’m afraid that Poile is too afraid to “loose Scott Stevens again” and can’t see how the team could be rebuilt on the fly.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      I am not saying Weber isn’t a star but I don’t really see the smaller market of Nashville – fans carrying that much if they lose a star defenseman compared to losing someone like a Malkin / Crosby / Stamkos / JT type player. (if they had a star forward) … if trading Weber can potentially make your team much stronger in return.

      There is not doubt letting Weber go to Philly for that haul in draft picks would have been a pretty smart move looking at things now.

      The Preds are not going to be in the playoffs any time soon. just keeping it real, and are realistically entering a re-build as of last year. If the Preds make the playoffs next year, I will eat all sorts of crow, but I would be paychecks that doesn’t happen.

      Not knocking, just giving my opinion. Nothing against the town or their fans.. but the central is too strong for Nashville’s offense to compete with at the moment.

      • musamonster - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        “The Preds are not going to be in the playoffs any time soon”

        The Preds were 3 points (and one goal in the final Stars game) out of a playoff spot. Have a healthy Rinne and they could make the playoffs the next season.

        And taking the picks would have been the worst thing for the team. Pick number 2 would be coming up this month and he likely won’t hit the ice for the Preds for 3-4 years.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        I see other teams in the west trending up and especially in the same div as Nashville and Nashville trending down with a health Rinne next year or not.

        “And taking the picks would have been the worst thing for the team. Pick number 2 would be coming up this month and he likely won’t hit the ice for the Preds for 3-4 years”

        Don’t agree at all. Weber alone doesn’t make this team a contender (not even close), multiple picks and that horrible contact off the books goes farther for the team – just my opinion … now toss in a new coach and potential system as well. next year or years to come are not going to be any easier

      • lordfletcher - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Trade Weber for the #1 and Huberdeau and or some package like that. Nashville needs to get more talented younth in their offense. Florida is deep at center. They won’t trade Barkov or Bjugstad

      • musamonster - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        “Weber alone doesn’t make this team a contender”

        No of course not, but if the Preds took those picks, the last guy taken would probably hit the ice 2018-2020. You can give up Weber for that.

        The smarter move was to match the offer sheet, and then come in this summer with full trading power in your hand. Let the bidding begin.

      • musamonster - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        And the 1st OA and Huberdeau isn’t going to get you Weber. More like Hall, 3rd OA, and Klefbom. The Preds have too many trade options to let Weber for for cheap.

  4. lilgurgi - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    So basically “Nothing to see, move along now”??? He’s been saying this for the longest time now every time it’s been asked and yet there is another article bringing the topic up again. Waste of time.

  5. cjnbsc - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Honestly. I do understand that Nashville wouldn’t want to trade Weber. He’s an amazing player.

    But they could also probably turn their franchise around in a very big way if they did.

    The window closed on them a bit when Suter left. Best chance to reopen it would be to deal Weber for a bunch of great assets.

    For instance if I ran my Habs, I’d offer Pacioretty, Desharnais, McCarron, bealieau and two 1sts.

    And the Habs would lose out to a higher bidder.

    • musamonster - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Dog yo, that’s a heffy haul for Weber. If I’m Poile, I’m aiming to trade with the Oilers for Hall, their 3rd OA, and probably Klefbom, maybe Nurse if I can push it.

      When I hear “We’re not trading Weber”, I hope I’m hearing “We’re not trading Weber… Because you haven’t raised the bid high enough”

  6. tmoore4075 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    I wouldn’t trade him right now. Maybe when he gets a little older and you feel you have no window. But as long as the owners want to pay the $ right now, why trade a guy who is one of the best D in the league?

    • musamonster - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Because his trade value will never be higher, the team will have to give him more of his fronted contract, and because the team still had Josi and Jones on the roster.

  7. mikedoc315 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Sounds like something a G.M. says right before a trade.

  8. hawkeedawg - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Does anybody know if Weber has a No Trade/No Movement Clause in this monster contract?

    • musamonster - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      No NTC. He would have one if he stayed with Philly, but the NTC did not travel back to Nashville. You could trade for him, and trade him again next summer.

      • hawkeedawg - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Thanks Monster

  9. khmerson562 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    He will looks good on the kings

    • chief361 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      last i checked, the kings are doing just fine without him unless you want to trade away your present and future to obtain a player you don’t need. by all means, go ahead but, you already have your franchise defenseman.

  10. canucks30 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:08 PM


    The Tampa Bay Lightning are NOT interested in trading Steven Stamkos.

    In a related story, Anze Kopitar is a good bet to remain in Los Angeles.

    Film at 11.

  11. inbullieswetrust - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    LeCavalier may be heading to the Preds. Weber may head to Philly. Preds are broje. Cant sign any forwards when your team is broke paying Weber’s salary. Good luck with this season Preds. Another yr not making the playoffs

    • 311sucks - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      i didn’t even have to read your username to notice you are a flyers fan lol.

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