Thread: Trade Weber?
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01-26-2014, 02:34 AM
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Originally Posted by RaiderDoug View Post
I say yes, but for a gigantic haul. The poll isn't working for me.

I don't know of any specific deal off the top of my head, but if I was Poile, i'd listen to offers.

Here's my reasons:

1. I don't buy the Captain as a Predator for life. I don't buy the "he wanted to be here or Philly, he just wanted his money" line that we've sold ourselves. I think it's only a matter of time before he wants out. Especially if we're not contending. Why wait until you have to trade the guy and you lose some of your leverage?

2. This is the only way I see us being able to add the high end offensive talent to be a cup contender. This team, as presently constructed (and taking into account the farm), is a midding 7th-8th seed type team, at very best. We're not going to win a cup with this roster, and we're never going to be bad enough to land the difference makers needed to win one. There's no talent on the farm we can sell off for a Drouin/MacK type offensive dynamo.

3. I'm banking heavily on Seth Jones. In a year or two, I think he'll be ready to be the #1 D-man here. A top 4 of Jones, Josi, MDZ (hopefully he reaches his potential), and a vet UFA should be pretty darn good. And the offensive pieces we get should more than make up for this - we should no longer have to win games 2-1.
This is my fear as well; to me, both he and Suter both weren't very happy about some of the moves Poile failed to make to make this team better. I remember Arnott practically begging for help during an interview during that same span. Do I want to trade Weber? No way; however, if this team has a couple of more seasons like this one at last year, and we continue to have free agencies like the last oh I don't know 15 years give or take a year or two, I could see Weber going public asking for a trade. That probably would severly affect his trade value. I wouldn't just trade him for a some of the proposals made on the trade board, but I would would like a legitimate 1st liner with at least a high 1st rounder.

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