The notion that the Edmonton Oilers need Shea Weber just won’t go away. There haven’t been any confirmed conversations between the Oilers and Nashville Predators, but one has to assume that if Weber is available in any way, shape or form that the Oilers would be the first team to know about it.
That’s because they have something that the Predators need, and that’s a top-end scoring forward. Weber is exactly what the Edmonton requires—A rock star defenseman that gets the job done in all three zones.
While it’s purely speculation at this juncture, Jim Matheson investigated what he thought the blueliner would cost Edmonton recently. His thoughts, as per The Edmonton Journal:
Would you consider trading Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Weber? I can’t fathom the Predators not asking for either Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Taylor Hall, who might get 80 points this season, in any package for Weber. Would that be a non-starter for the Oilers or is Weber, in his prime, too good to pass up, no matter the cost? Personally, I think RNH and Hall are close to untouchable because of their tender age, and they’re wonderful players, but again, if it’s Weber, who is only 28? Maybe they listen.
Some intriguing ideas being passed around to be sure. Matheson writes that he knows president of hockey ops Kevin Lowe “LOVES” Weber, so is it outside the realm of possibility that he ends up in an Edmonton sweater? This is the team that managed to wrangle Chris Pronger, after all.
An in-season trade seems remarkably unlikely, but this chatter is worth keeping an ear open for as the March 5 deadline approaches.