NHL Trade Talk: Will the Flyers Still Target Shea Weber Despite Concussion?
The Philadelphia Flyers may have to settle for less at the trade deadline this year.
Talk was running rampant in Philadelphia that the Flyers could go after Nashville's star defenseman Shea Weber to replace the oft-injured Chris Pronger, who is out for the season and most likely the playoffs as well.
However, news broke yesterday, via NHL.com, that Shea Weber has suffered the same fate as Chris Pronger, and will miss some game time with a concussion. While it's still uncertain just how bad Weber's concussion is, the Predators have already held him out of Wednesday's game and he may miss more time as well.
It seems as though it may not be as major as Chris Pronger's concussion, with Predators head coach Barry Trotz commenting on Weber via Twitter.
"He's recovering pretty well, I would say," and that "there's a chance (he could play) Friday."
The question now becomes: Are the Flyers still interested in his services? Do the Flyers want to trade valuable players and draft picks for a guy who might also end up on the sidelines?
To me, this means one of two things.
If the Flyers are still interested, they could certainly use Weber's concussion as a means to bring his value down, so that they wouldn't have to trade an arm and a leg to acquire him. If that is not the case, I feel that the Flyers may turn their cheek and start looking elsewhere for help on the blue line.
If I'm Paul Holmgren, I'm not looking to add another important piece to my roster that may end up suffering the same fate as Pronger and dooming the team come playoff time. It pains me to even say that, because Weber is such a great defenseman, but do Philly fans really want to see another major player fall to injury? The Flyers are already struggling enough with injuries, especially concussions.
Should the Flyers still pursue Shea Weber even with his concussion?
The Flyers may now turn their attention to that of Ryan Suter. Suter would most likely command much less that Weber would via trade, and that could look much more attractive to a team like Philadelphia. He's still healthy, and he's still a great defenseman. Could Suter fit in well with Philly? I think so.
Suter isn't the only option, however. There are still plenty of quality defensemen out there to be had. The Flyers must take their time with this decision. While I'd love to see some help on their blue line sooner rather than later, this is not something Philly should rush into. They need to look toward the future as well, not just right now.
So, what do you think? Do you think the Flyers should still pursue Shea Weber? Or do you think they should look elsewhere for blue line help?
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