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Hard Pass on Shea Weber? | Leafs Hub
Sometime in the last few days out of nowhere, trade speculation surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs has heated up about yet another top-four defender. But this time, it isn't Sami Vatanen or anyone else in Anaheim— it's Shea Weber. It's pretty common knowledge that the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking for a top-pair defenceman. Rumours have been swirling since almost the beginning of last season on who the Leafs will go after. So if the opportunity came to acquire a standout defenceman like Weber, why shouldn't the Leafs go after him? There are a number of reasons. One is his age. Weber is already 32 years old and still has an additional eight years remaining on his contract. The term remaining is literally the equivalent to Weber having just signed a new maximum-term contract. If Weber was 25 years old with eight years remaining, this is an entirely different story, but we're far too late for that. We've seen some defencemen continue be prominent into their mid-thirties, but it's