With the NHL training camps opening this week, teams will be looking to address weaknesses and make some signings to fill their needs. Weber won big in arbitration this off-season and the money he is owed is hurting the Nashville with the league’s salary cap rules and that could make the team’s best move a trade.
The latest rumor as reported on Bleacher Report has the Edmonton Oilers expressing some interest in Weber. And with the team looking to rebuild, Edmonton might find it a quick way to start the process. The deal has Weber going to the Oilers and the Nashville Predators getting Ales Hemsky, Magnus Paajarvi, Jeff Petry, and draft choices.
Nashville would acquire a great deal of offense in this trade and that would help with the loss of Weber. The team also has some good young talent on defense and that might make the team look further into a deal. Edmonton would get a young star that they can start rebuilding the franchise around and the team has the money under the salary cap to make a big trade.
With the start of the NHL season just a couple of weeks away, this might be just another smoke screen, but Nashville isn’t happy with the deal Weber received through arbitration and it might be in the team’s best interest to make a deal and save some money for the future.