Ottawa and Carolina interested in Yannick Weber
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01-26-2013, 07:47 PM
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I know everybody else hates Yannick Weber, but...
I remember how well he dominated the OHL the year after being drafted, and how he and Subban had a playoff series against each other,
I remember that he did well in the OHL,
I remember that he was first brought up on the maximally dysfunctional 2008-09 Habs team, and that he was one of the only players competing against Boston in the playoffs.
I remember that he did well in the Swiss League this year, as Diaz did.
Given all that, my preference is to see Kaberle traded, to see Weber get an extended 20 or 30 game tryout, and have St-Denis as the 7th dman until Subban returns.
unless some team is very high on him &/or desperate enough to give us a quality asset in return, we'd be stupid to move him before giving him a real shot in a role that he's suited for (i.e defense, with somewhat sheltered minutes focusing on PP & offensive zone situations).
that's exactly what a young player with his attributes should be for, and over time you can see if his game develops enough to become a Rafalski-esque (Rafalski being the elite version of a slightly built dman oozing offensive talent & positionally sound enough to be a top-4 dman defensively speaking).
he's cheap, and skilled in that role... Gauthier's blunder in acquiring Kaberle (and to a lesser degree, Campoli), hindered what should have been the perfect situation to get Weber quality NHL minutes.
tougher now for the team to do it, but really at this point Kaberle should be on the bench and Weber in the lineup. I don't believe that anything Kaberle is giving us is that much greater than what Weber could, and with Kaberle, you aren't going to be "showcasing" anything. A team either is willing to take his hit in the belief that his potential point production is worth it, or they won't. Last year's numbers are a better selling point than what this year's diminishing play will provide.
sometimes it seems so obvious I wonder how it is these hockey "guys" can be so blind to it.
and then you look at successful franchises, and you see them making these kinds of astute/calculated risks regularly...
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