Today is the NHL's deadline for trades before the Christmas break.
Rumors abound and everyone wants to know whether or not Shea Weber will be traded.
If he is traded, to what team and for what?
Truth be told, Shea Weber will command a hefty ransom if anyone is going to acquire his services. For argument's sake I'm going to assume he lands in Philadelphia, the perceived front runner to the Shea Weber sweepstakes.
General Manager Paul Holmgren will have his hands full getting this done that's for sure. The Flyers are just below the cap and Weber is getting over $7 million a year in salary.
All that really means is the Flyers will have to place Chris Pronger on LTIR and move some salary.
Flyer fans are worried that getting Weber will require gutting the team's roster.
Nashville fans are worried about losing the league's best defenseman.
Both sides need not to worry. Trades happen usually because both sides have something the other side needs. In this case the Predators need scoring help. The Flyers have plenty of lamp lighting forwards.
The Flyers need a stud defenseman to stand in for Chris Pronger, and the Predators just so happened to have stolen him at 26 years old from a parallel universe. What, you haven't heard?
The Flyers are a team that is built to win now and the future—their usual M.O.
The Predators aren't built to win anytime soon but could be primed to win now and in the future by trading Weber. The Quebec Nordiques did it in the early 90s by trading Eric Lindros to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Yea, Flyer fans will be letting out a collective expletive at that one. It's true that the trade never delivered a championship, but that was no fault of Lindros.
Flyer Management at the time failed to put the supporting cast around him he needed. In Weber's case the supporting cast is already in Philly, they are just missing a defenseman of his talents.
Allow me to present my possible trade packages that could land Philly their first defenseman to win a Norris trophy.