It feels like Fabbro has been in trade talks for the better part of the past two years, and now more than ever it feels as if it really might happen. Now in his fourth full year in the NHL, the questions that he has always had have hardly gone away.
As for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Fabbro has been announced to be a healthy scratch. This has made the trade talks for Fabbro ramp up even more.
He is pretty decent defensively and is a solid third-pairing defenseman, but he has had trouble with turnovers and lapses throughout his career, and that part has not gotten much better. Another big part of why trading Fabbro would be worth it is because of what is behind him.
Jordan Gross has gotten his fair share of ice time this year and has actually looked pretty good at both ends of the ice. In particular, he provides the offensive spark that Fabbro just does not.
Roland McKeown, another right-handed defenseman, has also seen some ice time in Nashville this year and was just recently called up, thus providing some insurance behind Fabbro that is not necessarily needed. Mark Borowiecki could also return to the lineup soon, and while he is a left-handed defenseman, you have to remember that Jeremy Lauzon can play on the right side, thus giving the Predators even more options on the back end.
Fabbro’s contract also expires after this season, and honestly, would it be worth it for the Predators to give him a qualifying offer given their situation? No matter how insignificant it might be, it is hard to say that they would not be better off getting something in return for him instead of just letting him walk.
If they are continuing to lose, then they might as well flip him to a team that could use defensive depth for a playoff push.