Brooks writes, “Weber is not yet 27 and universally regarded as a franchise player who plays the right defense position, the most difficult in the league to fill — and for whom any team’s list of untouchables is slashed to the bare minimum.”
In terms of untouchable players, Brooks writes that the Rangers list would include Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider.
In a poll asked which player they would rather see the Rangers acquire if the cost was the same, 56% picked Shea Weber over Rick Nash.
Adam Rotter: McDonagh and Girardi are untouchable and it’s not even worth discussing the idea of trading Henrik Lundqvist or Ryan Callahan. Nashville would have to demand Marc Staal as the centerpiece of a package for Weber as he is younger, under contract and would ease the burden and transition of the Preds losing their Captain.