The Nashville Predators may be "disappointed and a little surprised" at Ryan Suter's decision to jump ship for the Minnesota Wild, but there's no time to worry about that now. Instead, the focus shifts instantly to the team's other top defenseman, captain Shea Weber. General manager David Poile was unambiguous about his plans for Weber in a Wednesday afternoon conference call. "We want to build the team around him," he said. "He's been terrific for us." Weber easily headlines the list of potential free agent defensemen for next year. While there are good players who might potentially be available – Alex Edler, Tobias Enstrom, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Ladislav Smid are the top young defensemen who could hit the market – there really isn't anyone that compares to Weber, a 6'4" right-shooting behemoth who has recorded 15+ goals and 40+ points in five of the last six seasons. If he hits the market next year, he'll be in heavy demand.
The Nashville Predators want build around Shea Weber, but might need to trade him
Edmonton Journal | Jul 5