There are 30 NHL general managers who consider rock ’em, sock ’em blueliner Shea Weber to be the foundation of an NHL franchise.
Unfortunately for the other 29, one of them is the Nashville Predators’ David Poile.
And with trade rumours around the league accruing momentum with the NHL draft and July 1 free agency both arriving in the next three weeks — many of which are of the “outlandish” variety — Poile wants to nip the Weber scuttlebutt in the bud.
Weber is under contract for 12 more years at a salary cap hit of $7.857-million US per season. Given that the Preds are a small-market team, there is no shortage of NHL vultures looking to pluck that hefty pact from the cash-cautious Nashville organization.
In the coming days and weeks, Jason Spezza and Ryan Kesler are likely to change hockey addresses. Perhaps Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Brad Stuart too.