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303 QUICK POLL: What are your thoughts to John Buccigross’ tweet?

John Buccigross is one of the few people at ESPN who care — and publicize — the sport of hockey. He’s a current host on SportsCenter and, more importantly to hockey fans, he was the lead host from 1998-2004 of the now-defunct show NHL 2Night.

In short, his opinion carried weight.

So what do you think about his tweet this morning?

Do you think the Nashville Predators should trade team captain and Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber if they won’t pay him what he’s worth long term? Or do you think they should keep him around as long as they absolutely can and deal with the consequences when he’s gone?

Some things to keep in mind:
* Trading Weber would bring a huge return.
* Trading Weber at the trade deadline won’t bring as high a return.
* Keeping a franchise player throughout his term of service and letting him walk away for nothing is considered foolish.

Leave your comments in the comment field below! What do YOU think of Buccigross’ tweet?


  1. Ryan Shannon

    August 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

    John Buccigross thinks we’re a team building for the future, apparently. We want to win now.

  2. Jonathan

    August 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I couldn’t agree more. I think it is very obvous that the holdup is years and not money. Every other team thinks they could extend him if given the chance and they would have two years to do it. This team is neck deep in defensive prospects and you can always find defensive help in FA. You can’t find offensive talent and trading him to the right team could get that piece this organization has been so desperately looking for. The bidding war would be insane and I can only imagine some of the packages that would come the Preds way.

  3. dylan

    August 3, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I say trade him and get some offensive talent that the Preds desperately need.

  4. PredFan

    August 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I think Buccigross salary numbers are low. Weber worth lot more than Erat and Legwand making 6 and 4.5 this year; or 4.5 each against cap.

    His first couple tweets about what each side thinking on arbitration figures don’t take into account that team is ‘betting low’ and player ‘betting high’ and those figures aren’t what was being negotiated, but just giving arbitrator more room in the middle.

    I’d be very disappointed in trade, but if they are going to do it then early better than end of season. Will lose more faith in mgmt to re-sign Peks and Suter next year as UFA as well as in their ability to ever re-sign a good player (which may be what they need to draw the businesses into spending money on high-ticket seats and advertising and get revenue up to pay higher salaries.

  5. Todd Hindman

    August 3, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I think it would be a detrament to the future of the Preds. Historicly they have let talent walk after doing such a great job of developing . It seemed that managment was serious and commited to the fan base until this apparent disaster. If Weber is traded why would Pekka or Suter or anyone else commit to a system that refuses to spend money for talent that deserves it. Say what you will but at gut check time he was on ice for mega minutes. I could continue my tirade but will stop here.

  6. dammitskipp

    August 3, 2011 at 10:36 am

    what will destroy everyone worse than anything is IF we trade him and low n behold Ryan Suter follows him next season .

  7. Chris

    August 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I completely agree. letting him walk away wont help anything

  8. Section 106

    August 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I don’t think at the amounts conjectured, which I consider rational and reasonable, that the Predators “can’t” sign Weber. I believe the issue is more Weber “won’t”. So, if he won’t sign for 5 or 7 years, yes, trade him asap while his stock is high.

  9. Jonathan

    August 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

    What happens when you ride it out with Weber? He leaves in two years. Meanwhile, Suter and Pekka leave after this year and you get nothing in return. I am in favor of protecting your assets. I get the feeling Weber wants a 2-3 year deal while the Preds want a 5-6 year deal. This arbitration process is perfect for Weber. He is basically going to get a two-year deal at market value, hit FA and cash in. Trade him and take your chances with Suter/Pekka. Give Suter the C and see if that works on him. He may like being the man here with Weber gone.

  10. Clare

    August 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I expect Weber to be traded sometime this season. (I still don’t understand how a one-year deal couldn’t get done, just to keep from having to go into that room.) And I hate losing him, but I think we’ll get over it…eventually.

    What concerns me most is how to keep Suter and Rinne. Being able to hold onto these two will make that trip to “eventually” much smoother and a bit shorter. In order to keep growing as a team we’ll have to show sponsors and ticket-buyers that we will keep improving and they should keep investing. If we lose even two of the “Big 3” that’s going to be hard.

    PS. I’m still holding onto the tiniest sliver of hope that there will be a long-term deal with Weber, but that ember is dying.

  11. Tony

    August 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    If they can’t or won’t sign him, then trade him. I already think his plan was to sign a one year deal, then bail to another team in the ’12-13 season. My stance is that Nashville needs to spend the money on offense. We have good defensemen coming through the pipeline from Millwaulke, and I say give them a chance and let Weber go while you can still get something for him.

  12. Steve

    August 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I guess I am in a very small minority here, but I think that it is still possible between now and the end of this contract for him to be signed long term. The core of the team is Weber and Suter, with Rinne being in the mix as well though to a slightly lesser degree. I know the team is trying to stay cost conscience, but I believe Nashville has to do a some more spending. Maybe we fans are spoiled now that we seem to always be a contender to get into the playoffs, but I believe the time is now to take some risks and spend some cash. It was tried the last year that Leipold was owner, and while it was not successful, it was obvious that our team was trying to get to where we were viewed as strong as Detroit was. I applaud obtaining Fisher. Let’s do the same with these 3 vital cogs and get them signed long term as soon as the rules permit.

  13. DanDBradley

    August 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I love Bucci, but he’s wrong here. I’m not even worried going into next year with the RFA situation. No one is going to want to surrender 4 first rounders for Shea. If no one did it for Stamkos, no one will do it for Shea.

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