And we're not getting Weber or Doughty! They're both RFAs, and franchise players for their teams.
Weber is obtainable if the Preds don't sign him before July 1st. As an RFA they can match anything, but at a certain point they might rather take the picks. I believe he can be an extremely expensive addition that you might not have been willing to take unless your defense sustains a critical loss, and it is possible that Lids running out of time and Brian retiring could be just that.
I still think the only way to get him is to offer him a good one year contract. The Preds might just realize that they will get nothing better from trading him after matching, and with UFA a year away and Weber taking a one year deal they might know they won't keep him.
You are right he is a franchise player, but remember he might not want to stay. The only way to tell is if you let him become a UFA and any team with some balls can offer him a one year contract that will make that certain.
Doughty, however, is too young for that to be an option.
I think it is far more likely we will go to FA for one addition, and this ensures we keep Ericcson and most likely will overpay him now...
The names thrown around aren't that great to be honest, and no one really fills what we would lose with Brian.
I really don't like this.