Headline: Like a roundhouse punch to the eye to Canucks fans, Shea Weber is no closer to being a Vancouver Canuck and it appears he never will be.
Late last night while I was watching Eat St. @DarrenDreger stress tested Twitter with news that the Flyers had signed all-star defenseman Shea Weber to a 14 year, $110 million dollar offer sheet.
I’m glad the kids were a sleep otherwise they would have heard the old man drop quite a few expletives.
Remember when Justin Schultz chose Edmonton over Vancouver?
That’s what Weber signing with the Flyers is sort of reminding me of, but rather than the player taking the heat on this, it’s Vancouver GM Mike Gillis.
My twitter feed was full of people wondering where Gillis was or why he wasn’t in the mix submitting his own offer sheet to Weber. Probably still fishing, or self-imposed fishing trip trades freeze, not much has surfaced in terms of what Gillis or the Canucks had planned.
Between the lines
Earlier in the off-season, Gillis made a reference about next years’ class of unrestricted free agents.
Like many other Vancouver fans I assumed he was talking about Weber and the likelihood of him going to July 1st in 2013.
However, it doesn’t appear that is going to be happening anymore.
Hitting the snooze button?
It’s also been reported that Nashville had been trying to work out a trade for Weber, avoiding a lengthy and expensive offer sheet and sending him off for a much greater package than the four first round picks they would receive should they decide not match.
Darren Dreger of TSN mentioned there were four teams really in on trade talks for Weber.
San Jose, Philadelphia, the Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings were involved in trade talks with the Predators.
Apparently Nashville was seeking Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn and “something else”.
It’s a very big price to pay for one of the best defensemen in the league.
So that asks the question: was Gillis a sleep at the wheel or was he that confident that Weber would play just one year in Nashville and become an unrestricted free agent after?
Or if Vancouver was involved, was the price to high?
In the end, I loved believing that Weber, a BC boy, would come home to play after his last year in Nashville.
However, it was very unrealistic.
You had to think that either Nashville was going to give him a blank check or trade him to a team that he’s interested in re-signing long term with.