Free Agent Frenzy Part VII: It's Still Only July Edition
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07-08-2012, 07:23 AM
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Larry Brooks believes Shea Weber would be a great fit for the Rangers
The Rangers have all sorts of players quarantined in their bid for Nash, and well they should. But for Weber, an intimidating physical force at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds who was on ice for more power-play goals scored than any other player in the league, the list would be as short as this:
1. Henrik Lundqvist (redundant anyway with Nashville owning Pekka Rinne); 2. Ryan McDonagh; 3. Ryan Callahan; 4. Dan Girardi; 5. Chris Kreider.
That would be it. Everyone else in the organization would be on the table, understanding that Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik have no-move or no-trade clauses and wouldn’t be part of the discussion in any event.
McDonagh is a budding perennial Norris candidate. Weber has been beaten for the Norris in successive years by Nick Lidstrom and Erik Karlsson in votes as tight as Kennedy/Nixon in 1960. Girardi finished sixth in the balloting last year.
If the defense-first-last-and-always Rangers could get Weber, they would stand to have at least one Norris-caliber defenseman on the ice essentially all game. There is something to be said for doubling down on a strength.
The asking price would be a NHL roster,top prospect and two #1's. Josh Cooper of the Tennessean speculated during a chat on Friday about what it would take to acquire Weber in a trade. That was price he mentioned. Sign him to a long term deal. Weber's best interests are signing an extension before the CBA expires and new rules are in place.
Maybe the Rangers use their interest in Weber to get Nowson to bend on Rash. The last thing Howson needs is another big player available in a trade.
Pronger went to ANA for Lupul,Smid,2 #1's(one of the #1's was a conditional pick if ANA reached the finals) and #2.
Lupul,Sbisa,2 #1 picks and a conditional pick was the price for Pronger from ANA to Philly
No Perry or Getzlaf or Ryan or Carter or Richards were in those deals.
Sather should pursue Weber. Based the offer on the Pronger deals. No great players were moved for him.
It always seems the Rangers are required to pay more than other teams in these type of trades.
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