Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/11/14
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile is doing his best to put to rest any rumors that he might be looking to trade captain Shea Weber, who is a Norris Trophy finalist this season. "We're keeping him, we're building our franchise around him," Poile said from the NHL general managers' meeting Wednesday. "I think we've got one of the best young defenses in the League. I think he's got an excellent chance of winning the Norris Trophy in 11 or 12 days from now. Why wouldn't we build our team around him? That's exactly what we're doing." The Predators selected defenseman Seth Jones in the first round (No. 4) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He had six goals and 19 assists in 77 games as a rookie. The defense corps also includes 24-year-old Roman Josi, who is signed through the 2019-20 season. Defensemen Mattias Ekholm, 24, Ryan Ellis, 23, and Michael Del Zotto, 23, who was acquired in January in a trade with the New York Rangers, each can become a restricted free agent July 1. Poile indicated that he is in the market for forwards to help improve the Predators around Weber. "When we get that, you'll be saying, 'Imagine that someone ever thought they would trade Shea Weber,'" Poile said. "No, we are not trading Shea Weber." Weber, 28, has spent his nine-season career with the Predators. He is signed for 12 more seasons and his contract carries a salary-cap charge of $7.857 million.
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