Every NHL fan has thought about their dream player on their favourite NHL team. You may love your current team, but face it; there is always room for improvement. Most NHL fans may choose players such as Sidney Crosby (healthy preferably), Alexander Ovechkin, Nick Lidstrom, or even Steven Stamkos. Personally I like to choose a more realistic player. Sure having one of the above players on the Canucks would be absolutely fantastic, but the chance of that happening is more unlikely than Aaron Rome winning the Norris trophy. When it comes down to choosing an effective and realistic addition to the Vancouver Canucks, I instantly think of Nashville Predator Shea Weber.
Shea Weber is a Canadian all star defenceman and is captain of the Nashville Predators. Last season he had 16 goals and 48 points. He is known for having one of the hardest shots in the NHL and for his Norris trophy nomination last season. He plays an impressive average of 25 minutes per game. A memorable Shea Weber moment was during the 2010 Olympics when Shea Weber scored a goal and his shot was so hard that it went through the net. Imagine him on the point next to Sami Salo; blocking shots against the Vancouver Canucks would be feared.
His defensive abilities are also a strong component of his game, and having his big body around the net would help to get opposing players away from Roberto Luongo. In a way Shea Weber reminds me of former Canuck Willie Mitchell, besides the obvious fact that Weber is bigger and much more offensive. They are similar in their defensive skills, they both are great checkers and they always work as hard as possible until their legs give out. This is the piece of the puzzle that I believe the Canucks are missing: a big hard working defenceman.
But what are the chances of this being possible? Remember that Dan Hamhuis is a former Nashville Predator. There have been rumours the past couple years that Hamhuis has been trying to pursued his former team-mate and friend Shea Weber to sign in Vancouver. Of course last season Weber was a RFA and ended up signing only a one year 7.5 million dollar contract with Nashville following arbitration.
Another possible reason for Weber to come to Vancouver would be that he is from Sicamous, British Columbia. Living in Nashville is an entirely different atmosphere than British Columbia. There is a chance that he would want to play near his hometown to be closer to his family and friends.
I’m not saying a trade is likely to acquire Weber this season, because to put it simply: it’s not going to happen. There is no realistic possibility that Vancouver could afford his salary cap unless they made very drastic changes to the line up. However, Weber signing only a one year contract means he will be a free agent again in July, with the possibility of him signing elsewhere. Yes his contract would still be fairly high – but he would be worth it, much more than Christian Ehrhoff would have been.
What do you think? How would you like seeing Weber in a Canucks’ jersey? All I know is that I would love Shea Weber on the Vancouver Canucks as my Christmas gift. Who would you want for yours?