Re: Pure speculation; Letang trade rumors/thoughts?
posted at 2/3/2014 12:31 PM EST
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I wonder if Letang plus would get the Predators interested if they wanted to move Weber? It only saves them about half a million in Cap hit per year and the last 4 years of commitment. The purpose would be to downgrade on Weber but acquire some other pieces that give them more footing for their rebuild. Something along the lines of what the Bruins did with Seguin in getting Eriksson back along with three young players who could fill vacancies sooner rather than later. I'd hate that.
Otherwise, yep, waiting for the news conference with an embarrassed looking Letang saying his contract forms a seal and then inhales.
With the way weber is playing the throw in with letang would be malkin. do you think weber and letang are bad contracts?
In and of themselves? I think Letang was a mistake on Shero's part and Weber an RFA-coerced best of a bad situation.
Next year, when his deal kicks in, Letang will be the third highest cap hit among defenseman - behind Suter and Weber - depending on what Subban gets. He didn't even make the long list of Team Canada D. I think it's worse for Pittsburgh than it would be for others given the challegne of keeping Malkin and Crosby together. They'll have $35.5M committed to Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Letang and Fleury. D and G are where Pittsburgh has issues, and the Letang deal robs them of some flexibility to address those issues. Plus, Matt Niskanen is way out in front of him offensively this year, and Maatta is in front of him as well. He's not good enough in his own end to not be the top offensive performer on Pitt's D. All that said...the deal hasn't started yet. He's only a $3.5 hit this year. He's playing like it. If they'd waited and signed him now or at the end of the year, I think they get him at a the mid way point between his current and future cap hits. Shero let the fear of losing him push him higher than his gut said to go.
Weber's a freak. He's the second leading scorer in Nashville, has 15 goals, mentors Seth Jones, and is a moving chunk of granite out there. If that deal had come after the lockout, it wouldn't have been as palatable. The first 8 years, Weber makes $92M for a cap hit of $11.5M. Honestly? No one player will be worth $11.5 for the next 3-4 years unless the cap skyrockets. That's close to 18% of this year's cap. It would be over 16% of next year's cap. For a team like Nashville that is desperately in need of a talent upgrade across the board, as good as Weber is, he's a luxury they can't really afford and probably more valuable to them as trade bait. Philly wants him so bad, maybe the Predators should look there - a package that includes Simmonds, Couturier, Coburn and a first sounds like something Homer might do.... I don't know that that's equal value for Weber, but I'm fairly certain the Predators would be significantly better at two top-six forward positions (size, skill, grit - all around), and that Philly's pick will be in the top half of the draft.
Good reply. I think Weber is amazing. Love him almost as much as Dats. As for Letang and Pitt they always seem to manage the cap well, hes still pretty young, mobile and is far from soft, i find him a bit dirty. Hes their best dman. I know hes not having a great year. I think all long term deals are bad as you know.
Your philly offer for Weber i would take. Thats a great haul. I think Nashville should take a look at dealing him. Look at the Caps for example. They have plenty of prospects and current roster players they could make a play for him. He would be an absolute perfect fit for them.
carlson, johanson, burakovsky and a 1st.
How about the habs for pk, plekanec
how about the Bruins....dougie, loui, brad.