This is possible after hearing unsubstantiated rumors of him having "personal issues" the team may deal him off quietly ...
I have heard something to about a big, big acquistion that Gillis is making. Edler was absent from the final exit media scrum. I have heard rumors elluding to issues.
Gillis sees that the biggest hole is defence and realizes it. By letting go of players like Rome and Gragnani he was opening two roster spaces on defence. One for Justin Schultz and one for someone else.
People say Jason Garrison. I say no. This guy is a one year wonder with not overwhelmingly great stats. Looking for $5 M? Beat it.
Or some talk of Dennis Wideman. Big stay at home defenceman, a little old but reliable. $4.5 M? Maybe.
Mike Green is an RFA and might be available. At $5.25. Is he the foundation to build your team on?
Shea Weber is the logical choice for a defensive acquisition. Yes he comes with a $7.5 M pricetag, but if the Canucks can give Edler and Booth (plus two second rounders for 2013) in a trade we gain an elite, Norris ready defensman. He is the complete defenseman, and someone who could mentor Schultz, Tanev, ....hell Bieksa too. As dangerous as scoring threat with his frightening shot (ask Carey Price) as he was a defensive force using his 6'4" 235 frame to neutralize most intrusions. Except Kesler and some.
If Shea Weber is leaving Nashville, if he has decided that he wants to play elsewhere, you can be sure he's looking at Vancouver as a destination.
- He plays in the same conference
- Returns to the province in the off-season
- Has played with Dan Hamhuis for 7 years, and played with Roberto Luongo during the gold medal run of 2010
- Knows the team is cup ready with him in the line-up.
He has never played with forwards of this level before. He saw Poile go after aging prospects to prop up the ship/Russian funboys vs. youth. Gaustad, Gill, Radulov, Kostystin.
In Nashville he played with a Vezina finalist.
In Vancouver, he can win his Norris this year with a Hart/Art Ross winner, another Art Ross winner, a Selke winner, and two Jennings winner (one of which has also been nominated for the Vezina), on a team that had one two President's Trophies, and come within one game of the Cup.
Vancouver needs help on defense and are now one full season and some removed from the game seven loss in Vancouver with no solution for it. Gillis will be on the table for Shea Weber if he waives.
Forwards too will be acquired starting very soon. Shane Doan and Brandon Prust may be coming here.