Jan 24, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) controls the puck against the Calgary Flames during the overtime period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers Looking At Shea Weber Again?

Remember when the Philadelphia Flyers signed Shea Weber to a massive offer sheet? Yeah, everyone does. Well, according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia, it looks like they still might be interested in the Nashville Predators defenseman.

In a question and answer with his followers on Twitter, Panaccio was asked whether the Flyers should trade for Weber. Panaccio replied by saying that the Flyers need an impact defenseman and Weber more than fits that bill.

Panaccio notes that the Predators wouldn’t deal Weber during the season because they could ask for so much more at the draft. He also notes that the Predators have brought in more than a couple young defensemen that might make dealing Weber more palpable.

It is no secret that the Flyers need to fix their defense. It is a real lackluster group since Chris Pronger left. Adding Weber would immediately give them a superstar on the blue line. If there is a way this could be done, then the Flyers have to do it. They have a good forward corps, Steve Mason looks to be a good fit in the Flyers net, now they have to focus on their defense.

You would be sure that the Flyers would have to give up some of their young players. Sean Coutourier is mentioned by the fan who asked the question and I think he would have to be included in the deal. Add in a prospect like Samuel Morin, a first-round pick and possibly another prospect, and a deal might be done.

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  • Pivot

    I am a Rangers fan and I sure hope the Flyers get Weber this season. I hope the Flyers can put together a package deal the Preds can’t refuse. They’ll use up all the remaining cap space for years to come and give up what little depth they have in the prospect pool to do it. Along with future 1st round draft picks. Weber would instantly make the Flyers blue line decent. Not that it’s bad now (Lol) but he alone would help shutdown the opposition and score some. That contract is just terrible. The flyers would be handcuffed for years to come. They don’t have enough scoring or goaltending to make a deep run in the playoffs. So Weber to the Flyers would be good for the Rangers.

    • ForeverInOur

      Flyers are going to have at least 6 players with 20 goals or more. Scoring isn’t the issue. Defense is. Defense wins championships. Weber would help, but one player won’t fix team defense.

    • Kiley

      I disagree with your assessment. Firstly, remember that the contract that Weber is under is the contract that Philly offered him in the 2012 offseason (an offer sheet Weber signed), Nashville matched it which meant he stayed in Nashville. You are right, Philly would lose some draft picks and some prospects but in reality, we are already playing a team of young players. The core of our players (Giroux, Raffle, SImmonds, Voracek, Downie, Couturier, Schenn) are all 26 and under. Cap room isnt an issue right now either. Next year the cap should increase by about 6-7 million. That means we would only have to make minor adjustments to fit Weber into the cap (7.8 Million hit). We are also being held down right now b/c of Pronger’s continuing 5 million cap hit (it expires in 2017…) Timonen & Meszaros are free agents after this season too (combined $10 million against the cap) so there is definitely some serious wiggle room to make this work. I’d like to keep Morin but Weber is a franchise player. I’m not so sure Weber to Philly is good for your Rangers. I would definitely welcome the trade.

  • Tyroil Gucci

    The Predators AREN’T trading him… It’s that simple… This whole idea came out of nowhere. In 2-3 years if Jones and Josi actually become somewhat elite they might because of the contract but for now he’s untradeable.

    Coutourier, a draft pick, and 2 prospects for one of the best D-Men in the NHL is laughable.