Interesting trade proposal: a surprise team could enter the Shea Weber derby

Published March 8, 2022 at 8:57

Last Saturday, during his appearance during the intermission of the game between the Canadians and the Oilers, Elliotte Friedman told that the Habs would be open to compromising the contract of its captain Shea Weber. He then said he was not surprised that a team, which needs a player on the long-term injured list in order to reach the salary floor, is interested in the defender.

The Athletic columnist Michael Russo suggested in a recent article that the Minnesota Wild might consider acquiring Weber.

Assuming Weber's playing career is over, his annual salary cap of $7.857 million, through 2025-26, could provide the Wild with a way out of salary cap hell for the next three seasons after. having bought out Zach Parise and Ryan Suter last year. The two players will together take $12.7M, $14.7M, and $14.7M from the sledgehammer for the next three years.

A trade for Weber could free up room to sign Kevin Fiala on a contract extension or buy into this summer's free agent market.

In the recent 32 Thoughts podcast, Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman not only endorse Russo's idea, but say the return in exchange for Weber's contract could be a most decent one.

We recently learned that the Wild's young prospect, Jack McBain, would not want to get along with the organization that drafted him. Marek and Friedman even suggest, somewhat jokingly, a one-for-one deal between Weber's and McBain's contracts.

McBain, 22, was drafted by the Wild in 2018 at 63rd overall. He currently plays for Boston College and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he doesn't agree with Minnesota. In 22 games this season, the 6-foot-4 center has 18 goals and 11 assists for a total of 29 points.

Perhaps, after convincing Jordan Harris, Kent Hughes could also convince McBain? A story to follow...
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