They do need scoring, but, at the same time, that's part of their identity. The only truly big name goal-scorer I can remember ever playing for the Preds is Paul Kariya. They brought in that Swedish guy from the Blackhawks this past summer with the expectation that he'd be one of their better forwards. I want to believe they'd jump at the chance to have a couple of our non-Nugent-Hopkins roster players (plus a great prospect or two, and a first, and the Ark of the Covenant), especially considering how well they know us. Probably not, but maybe.
His contract and durability are legitimate concerns, but I just feel like...come on. It's Shea Weber. On our team. For the rest of his career. There are worse things that could happen to us. Sure, I'd prefer two seven-million dollar defensemen, but that's even more unlikely than landing Weber.
Mind you, I'm not saying I disagree with anything you said. I don't. We're very much of the same mind on this.
I think if there is anyone worth the risk who's legitimately available, it's Weber. The Wings are in a position now where they have to take risks. Like the previous poster mentioned, the Wings never really had to make big trades before, because we always had a competitive team, and it just need tweeking. I'm still not holding my breath that it'll happen, but I think it'd be well worth a few prospects. I think a top 2 defenseman would make a world of difference.
While it would seem like it would take a King's ransom to get him, I'm always surprised when a "star" player is traded. My first thought is always "that's it? That's all they got for him?" So it may not take as much as we think. I guess it all depends on how much the Preds want to shed the salary. Last I checked, they weren't in the playoffs, so they might be thinking we can miss the playoffs without having to pay this big salary. I also am not as schooled on our prospects that many here are. I don't know how they are valued around the league. What would everyone talk about if we got a big tough Canadian defenseman in his prime? I don't think we'll ever find out, but an interesting thought