(Source: BleacherReport.com) – The Buffalo Sabres announced on Tuesday that they traded defenseman Mike Weber to the Washington Capitals for a third-round selection in the 2017 NHL draft. Weber is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015-16 season, which made him a possible trade option with the trade deadline coming up on Feb. 29.
The first true trade deadline related move has happened tonight and there’s only one question that needs to be asked: is there anyone in the NHL happier than Mike Weber right now? My guess is no. Yes he’s spent his entire NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres, bouncing between the AHL and big club from his 2007 draft year through 2010 before becoming a permanent fixture there. He has very strong ties to the Buffalo community and by all accounts really loved it there and was loved by the fans and the organization in return.
But now he’s finally going to play some meaningful post season hockey for a fantastic team in the Washington Capitals. We don’t need to get into how awful Buffalo has been for years, so despite the well worded cliche public statements that every player regurgitates when they’re traded, inside Weber has to be doing cartwheels and fist pumps. He just went from setting up tee times (the Sabres start doing that in February) to losing sleep over thoughts of Lord Stanley’s Cup on the horizon in Washington. It has to be surreal.
Either way, this is a good move for both teams. The Sabres can add to their collection of draft picks for their rebuild and the Capitals can add a little “stay at home” toughness and depth to a blue line that is already pretty formidable. Everyone wins here. But Mike Weber may win a whole lot more this coming June.