Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/12/14
In news that is sure to disappoint Philadelphia Flyers fans everywhere, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile told reporters Wednesday that his captain and No. 1 defenseman Shea Weber is not on the trade market. David Poile crushes the constant trade rumors around Shea Weber: "We’re keeping him, we’re building our franchise around him."— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) June 11, 2014 Weber has 12 years and $82 million remaining on the contract he signed with the Flyers via an offer sheet in 2012 that was matched by the Predators. Given the Predators’ struggles over the last few years (back-to-back seasons with no playoff games) and lack of elite talent on their NHL roster, trade rumors are constantly surrounding Weber. It’s not hard to see why, either. The 28-year-old is arguably the best defenseman in the NHL and has been nominated for the Norris Trophy three times, including this season. He dominates defensively, provides consistent scoring production and excels on special teams. Weber literally does it all and every team covets a D-man with his skill set. Despite his immense importance to the team, Nashville might be better off trading him to acquire multiple players/draft picks that can be used to address the weaknesses on its roster. But Poile has been consistent over the last two years in saying that Weber is not available, but that probably won’t stop teams from calling to see if they can change his mind. Weber doesn’t have a no-move or no-trade clause in his contract, which would help the Predators receive the best possible return if they ever entertained the idea of trading him.Filed under: NHL, Nicholas Goss, Top Stories
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