And before you say "Not unless he's signed!", Weber is an RFA. You can negotiate with him now and work out a deal before you even call Nashville. You would know before your trade for him if he would re-sign or not.
How do you deal for Weber and not include one of the big 4?
You don't. I honestly think Weber will have the exact same scenario like Suter in a year. He'll go where he wants to go. And giving up assets on a negotiating rights for one of the Big 4 would be downright dumb and I think everybody can see that.
Weber would be very nice to have but I really like the idea of having four legit top line players in EDM. Our defense is hurting now but we got Schultz and Klefbom and Musil will be here in two seasons. We are not going to be as weak as people think we will be on defense in two years.
I would go as far and say that if Whitney is healthy this year that our defense will be good to go. We can use our prospects to pick up another top 4 dman to play with Whitney.
It is not the best in the league but there is a good puck mover and a good shut down player with each pairing.
It's better than what Nashville is going to end up with, which is absolutely nothing when he walks next year just like Suter.
If the preds think they are going to make a legitimate cup run next year then they should probably keep him, if not they need to get back to reality and focus on the future. You do that by trading him to the Blue Jackets for 4 first rounders. That's a guaranteed 4 top three picks.
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The only thing of worth Edmonton gives up in this scenario is the 1st. Even that will have less value with 1 season of Weber.
It's probably moot anyway because Poile wouldn't trade him for that little & Weber has little to 0 reason to want to sign with the Oilers. Few besides the Edmonton fans expect them to become a force this decade.
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if its a deadline rental then bang on
but im pretty sure that whoever trades for him right now would have an agreement in place for an extension and would be dealing for one of the top 10-15 players in the game so think 'give till it hurts' when making proposals cause whether or not you want to give till you hurt or not... someone else will and nashville will take that offer.
As an Oiler fan not enough for Weber. As for losing him next year, they can negotiate with him right now, he is a free agent, and if he is willing to sign long term a deal can be made. I'd say a package like:
One of Hall, Eberle or Yakupov, likely Yak as the other guys have been there longer.
One of Paajarvi, Klefbom or Petry
Possibly another lesser piece or two.
Nashville doesn't do it unless Weber doesn't want to sign there long term, while Edmonton doesn't unless he is willing to sign there long term.