The Montreal Canadiens are expected to be sellers at the upcoming trade deadline, and while Habs general manager Marc Bergevin has not been as forward as the New York Rangers - who made it public that they are entering a rebuilding phase - many of his players are aware they have ended on the block and are getting ready to move on Feb. 26.
However, one player fans seem to forget about his veteran defenseman Shea Weber, who knows all too well about blockbuster trades. When he was shipped to Montreal in the summer of 2016, in return for P.K. Subban, many expected Weber to end his career with the Habs. But now, despite an injury that has left him off the ice since mid-December, the defender finds himself… on the trade block!
According to Sportsnet, the Canadiens should look more closely at the possibility of moving Weber, and even offer the perfect trade landing spot for the 32-year-old blue liner.
“Edmonton. It’s almost too perfect. The Oilers need blue-line help, Peter Chiarelli needs to pull off a big deal to keep some of the heat off, and Edmonton would be thinking ahead to next year and beyond, so Weber’s current health status wouldn’t be a hurdle. Sure, the cap hit is an issue, but a little retained salary and maybe another injured star going the other way could largely even that out.”
Wow. Bold, but it could simply work out for both clubs, who are far from a playoff run and could find common ground after going through similar experiences in a rough season.
Moving Weber would definitely kick in the rebuilding mode in Montreal, sending a clear message to fans and players.
A more shocking move ahead?
When rumors broke out about netminder Carey Price’s personal life and speculation that his wife Angela might want to leave Montreal, fans went nuts on the possibility of the star goalie being traded.
Back in British Columbia, for the Vancouver Canucks?! Who know. One thing for sure is that it sounds like a stretch.
First of all, Price has a no-movement clause and any team that could find itself on his preferred destination list is likely to already but set in net.
And the second thing to remember - do we even have to bring it up - his contract! Last summer, Price signed an eight-year contact extension that carries an annual cap hit of $10.5 million. That makes the 30-year-old the highest-paid goaltender in hockey. Price’s new deal doesn’t kick in until the 2018-19 season and won’t expire until the summer of 2026.
Yeah, a hefty one to take on…
If Bergevin is seriously looking into the option of moving a huge piece to kick off the rebuilding phase in Montreal, Weber seems like the more feasible possibility.
While he is injured, Weber has heard his name in trade chatter since November, and could allow Montreal to build a stronger future. And if Edmonton is the perfect landing, we could be seeing a blockbuster move ahead of the trade deadline.