The Montreal Canadiens have almost made it perfectly clear that they need to focus on the future and the very enticing possibility of entering a retool mode. While star goaltender Carey Price and young rookie defenseman Victor Mete are the most important untouchables, one other player might be going from their camp to the trade block.
According to Habs Eyes on the Prize, the Canadiens should strongly consider moving veteran defenseman Shea Weber, who has a glowing reputation around the league. Yes he is getting older and has been injured for over a month, but he remains a tough player to face, a great leader and one blue liner who can play the rough minutes on the ice.
The main hurdle is finding a trade partner with the cap space to take on Weber’s massive deal. However, it is reported that the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs could have what it takes to land the star defender.
According to CapFriendly, the Oilers have the cap space to take on Weber's deal despite massive contracts to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The team is also looking for help on the back end to support young talented players like Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom.
The perfect pitch from Edmonton is an element Montreal is desperately looking for as they have a major issue down the middle. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could be dangled in front of Marc Bergevin's eyes.
The Oilers and Peter Chiarelli might also be desperate in this situation, and Bergevin could ask for much more added to the return, like nabbing Nurse out of Edmonton. This would certainly make for a blockbuster move.
The Leafs could also be in the running to make a deal with their long-time rivals to land Weber. Head coach Mike Babcock has always been honest about his love and admiration for the veteran blue liner, but the cap situation might be a major obstacle in Toronto.
Therefore, Bergevin could benefit from the Leafs' money puzzle and demand to get William Nylander in the return for Weber. This could also be very interesting to watch out for as the deadline approaches.
What do you think of these trade pitches?