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02-25-2014, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by PFL615 View Post
Who do the Preds have to get that 1 star player in a "blockbuster" trade??
Jim Matheson weighs in again

Maybe you don't have to think of giving up Hall or RNH if you make a bold play for Weber.

When the Oilers dealt for Pronger in August of 2005, when he was 28, they only gave up Eric Brewer, Jeff Woywitka and Doug Lynch in a fair bit of highway robbery but for Brewer.

But when the Oilers moved Pronger to Anaheim in July of 2006, they got two good young players Joffrey Lupul and Ladi Smid, two first-rounders and a second-round pick. Five pieces for Pronger.

I know one thing: the Predators have not had a high-end centre, ever. David Legwand has put up points, but heís never been considered a first-line centre and a borderline top six guy around the league. They crave a centre.

I also know the Oilers' first-round pick this June is definitely in play if they canít get Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad (41 points in 45 games, 21 goals, 79 PIMs). He could be the only junior in this yearís draft who can play in the NHL next season.

And they could give the Predators a defenceman (everybody but Justin Schultz, I'd surmise) in a Weber deal.

The Flyers were more than willing to give up four first-round picks as compensation for their 14-year, $110-million offer sheet for Weber that the Predators matched.

After this season, Weber will have 12 years and $82 million left on his Predators' contract.

He is due $14 million in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 ($13 million of that in a signing bonus) and $12 million in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 ($8 million of that in a signing bonus).

His cap hit is $7.857 million over the term of the contract. He does not have a no-trade clause, so he canít thumb his nose at the Oilers.

I suspect the Flyers, who would still die to have Weber on their back-end, would give up centre Brayden Schenn and winger Jake Voracek and a defenceman or a first-round pick for Weber in a deal.

Admittedly, Schenn is not RNH. Voracek is not Hall. But the Flyers are well aware that Jones can be a franchise type blueliner and Josi is, at worst, a No. 3 NHL defender so Weber could be in play.

So, the Oilers have to get on this because the Predators have been hanging on for years with very little offensive juice.

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