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Report: Habs could trade Shea Weber to another team

Published February 7, 2022 at 1:01 PM
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Carey Price's return to action this season is in jeopardy, according to my colleague Jeff Drouin of the Fanadiens.

This summer, if number 31 cannot return this season, and is placed on the long-term injured list next year, as Shea Weber will be, the Habs may face big issues.

If Price and Weber are both on the IR next year, the Habs will have to trade one of their contracts, according to La Presse's Mathias Brunet.

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"The collective agreement is incredibly complex, even for managers, but to simplify, NHL teams can profit from relief when long-term ailments, like Shea Weber's, but only up to a point.

If Price's knee fails a third time in rehab, the Habs will have to pay Price's ($10.5M) and Weber's ($6.8M) salaries next year, exceeding the salary cap." -Bernet

So they'd have to act quickly.

The Arizona Coyotes have taken the contracts for Shayne Gostisbehere, Andrew Ladd, Anton Stralman, Loui Eriksson, Jay Beagle, and Antoine Roussel in recent months. We can recall the purchase of Pavel Datsyuk's contract, etc.

Could Weber's contract be traded to Arizona for a second round selection, as Drouin suggests? It's very possible.

Credit: HabsEtLNH
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