The Predators traded
The Predators saw an opportunity to add a little more youth to their blue line Wednesday and took the bait, exchanging the 30-year-old Weber for the 27-year-old Subban in a straight player-for-player trade. The Preds will be saying farewell to a player that was key to the franchise's success in recent years. Weber has been one of the NHL's premier defenders throughout his decade-long stay in Nashville, amassing an astounding 443 points (166 goals, 277 assists) over his 10 seasons. The right-handed defender will now take his talents to Montreal, where he'll immediately slot into a top-pairing role with the Canadiens.
Who doesn't love extra hockey to pad the fantasy stats? It was a bit disappointing to see Weber fail to land on the scoresheet with so much ice time, but his defensive efforts were off the charts. Weber still has seven points in 11 games this postseason, and remains one of the most dependable options from the blue line. He typically gives it his all on both ends of the rink.
Shea Weber registered a tally and a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Sharks in Game 3.
After a solid series against the Ducks, Weber had gone silent coming into Tuesday's must-win contest. The 30-year-old must have needed to sleep in the comfort of his own bed, as the blueliner awoke at home and notched his first multi-point outing of the playoffs. Weber is now at three markers and four apples to date, and Nashville will need even more to tie the series Thursday.
Weber is simply continuing his strong regular season, but the Preds need offense from other parts of the team. Nashville is on the ropes in the series, down 3-2, and will need to pull out all the stops to move on to the second round.
Shea Weber will not play Saturday night against the Stars, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
There's nothing wrong with the stud defenseman, and it appears that he and four other Preds regulars are simply getting extra rest in advance of the postseason.