Do the Habs need a heavyweight enforcer?
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02-13-2013, 12:51 PM
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Weber's value will never get any higher, he just doesn't play. We'll end up losing him for close to nothing, that's something we have to accept. Pretty sure a team or two would already give up a late pick for him right now.
I don't think Weber's "value" is purely defined by what other teams in the league might offer in a trade, however. Defensive depth has value to the Habs. We've been ridiculously healthy so far this season, but I think we all have lived through the nightmares of past seasons. Weber is here, he's familiar with the system, he's plug and play ready if anybody goes down. That's part of his value.
Another part of his value is for next season. We now *know* that Kaberle is gone. Bouillon may or may not be. But we've got one RFA we can qualify for a bit under $1M in Weber, an affordable depth option for next season too. There is not a clear indication that any kids in the minors are going to be ready to come up, and no guarantees that a suitable free agent could be signed. So again, Weber has some internal value.
Not huge value, of course. But still something aside from a 3rd-7th round pick or whatever his trade value to other teams is.
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