Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 7/19/12
We've speculated on the blog that Shea Weber could be a fit for the Rangers, and apparently Glen Sather felt the same way. Per Katie Strang of ESPN New York, the Rangers were very involved in Shea Weber discussions and he had gone so far as to visit New York and talk to management and coaches. However, while Weber was impressed with the organization, he apparently felt that New York was just too big for him. From the article:

"(Weber) is a small-town guy and (New York) is a huge city," Bousquet said. "With New York, it was nothing personal. He thought everything, from the ownership to the hockey operations to the coaching was unbelievable. (Philadelphia) just seemed to be a better fit at this time in his career." 


It comes with the territory of New York being what it is, I guess. Some guys like Derek Jeter and Mark Messier thrive under the spotlight, while others fall apart. Weber would have been a great acquisition without a doubt. With that being said, our defense is hardly depleted so I won't lose any sleep over it. What I'm curious about is whether Sather was negotiating a trade with the Predators or whether he was planning to make an offer sheet, just as the Flyers did. Even for an elite defenseman like Weber, four first round picks and the 14 year, 110 million dollar contract is a bit too rich for my liking. But depending on what Nashville was seeking, I would be very curious to see what kind of package Sather might have been planning to offer.



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