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02-10-2014, 01:32 PM
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I've used this argument ad nauseam in various threads on the trade forum.
Since we traded Klein the average age for a Nashville defender is 23.5. That is
young for defense in the NHL. If we trade Weber it drops by almost a full year. We simply do not have a veteran presence on the blueline.
Now, one can counter by saying, "Why not get a top line forward, a top prospect, a veteran blueliner and a pick?" Fair point. I would say that having Weber as that veteran presence is of such high value that no teams
want to put together a package that actually meets that value. Having one of the best defensemen in the game guiding young guys like Josi, Jones and MDZ is an awesome luxury. His leadership will also help guide young forwards.
So what we have is a player whose skill alone creates incredibly high value. Then you take into account the youth we have on the blueline, his leadership skills and, lest we forget, the enormous amount of money already paid towards his contract. All of those things put together makes me feel like trading him is a terrible idea, at the moment anyway. Anything can change down the road, but in the here and now there is absolutely no reason to even entertain the idea unless Shero goes insane and offers us Crosby.
I have a few questions/comments.
First why is it you include the fact we have paid so much of Weber salary into the reason why we should not trade him and yet make it seem it would be ok to trade him later when even more of the contract has been paid? Does that not seem strange?
Second does anyone believe that it would be easier to sign a veteran defeseman here than it appears to be to get offensive talent to sign here? This would play a big part in parting with Weber at some point.
Third are we as Nashville Predators fans really happy with playoff appearances? Any sport franchise is built to go after Championships. My favorite football team has not won the Super Bowl since winning back-to-back in 1972-1973. My favorite baseball team has won the world series twice(1993,2007) but after doing so traded most of the parts that had just won it for them. We cannot be happy with just making the playoffs, it makes no since. How many teams go down in history for having the highest playoff appearances, NONE. We need to press forward and go for the cup. Winning the cup is all about your year and a little luck. I do not know any franchise who has won a champhionship and would give that up for year in and year out playoff appearances.
Fourth I hear people say build a team from the net out. This team for sure is built that way. We have the great goalie in Rinne, and the Great defenseman in Weber, soon could be Jones but we lack the top end offensive threat needed for a deep cup run. Think about Rinne past three seasons, his GAA was 2.43,2.39,2.12, he is not the problem. Weber has had some really nice years but he should not be leading the team in offensive numbers. Think about 2011-2012 playoffs when Rinne was stellar GAA 2.07 and save percentage of .929. We have a goal differential of +4 while beating Red Wings in 5 games but we had a -2 differential against the Coyotes and lost in 5 games. Goals are important in the playoffs and the deeper you make it the harder to score and more important they are. We need someone who can put the puck in the net when you are down by one goal in the second round of the playoffs. Weber and Rinne can only do so much. My fear is we will continue to put all of our hope and dreams in Rinne and Weber for winning the cup and continue to sign third liners to fill our real needs in the top six and have just a good enough team to never get the top notch talent in the draft and while this is happening we may see Weber or Rinne get a wonderful piece of hardware but it will not be the cup while letting both of our best players prime slip away.
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