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Predators file for arbitration with Weber

Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:00 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 1:34 pm
 

The Nashville Predators have filed for arbitration with star defenseman Shea Weber.

General manager David Poile said that the goal of the Predators is to sign the team captain to a long-term contract, but a deal hasn't been struck yet for multiple reasons.

Weber was set to become a restricted free agent come July 1, but the filing likely keeps him in Nashville as the two sides will have extended time to negotiate a new deal before other teams can give Weber offer sheets. The arbitrations is merely the team protecting itself if the current negotiations drag on too long and stops others from trying to swoop in.

While the unrestricted free-agent market isn't a strong one, there were some enticing names on the restricted list, Weber certainly included. Yesterday, the Devils made the same move as the Predators, filing for arbitration with one of their young Stars, Zach Parise. The biggest name of all of them is Steven Stamkos, who still has nothing set in stone with Tampa Bay.

Keeping Weber in town was at the top of the priority list for Nashville this offseason. Nominated for the Norris Trophy this season as the league's top defenseman, Weber has been a key part of the team's recent playoff visits. Known for having a rifle of a shot off his stick, Weber is an offensive asset too, scoring 16 goals with 32 assists this past season for the Preds.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:23 am
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Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Predators file for arbitration with Weber

Poile is still scarred from the Forsberg trade.


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All good point hockybob, if in fact that is your real name.... They could do a 2 yr if Mr Weber so desired- but your point on holding the team hostage plus the fact the Nashville has been able to grow them in Millwaukee further solidifies that point. I dont buy the Union-Agent collusion conspiracy theory....

And please, we still do not talk of the PF trade that sent Kimmo Timmonen and Scott Harnell and Ryan Parent to the FLyers- KT and SH were very popular here.


does Ryan Suter's game remind anyone else of Kimmo?      
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Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Predators file for arbitration with Weber

If Nashville went out and got themselves a 30-40 goal scorer, I'd really be pushing for either Detroit or Nashville to jump to the Eastern Conference, because I don't want to be in the same division with that. That would be scary. That's the problem that small market teams face, is the price tag of big scorers. Weber should be locked up for, at least, a half decade. He's proven he's the backbone of a defensive corps. But, you also need scoring. Not just for the sake of putting the puck in the net, but, to show the talent that's on their roster how its done. With the right people, Joel Ward will become a 35 goal man, well, I'm convinced. Who will fall into their price range?



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 9:46 am
 

Predators file for arbitration with Weber

"Besides, redwings1969 points out a very good fact that if Weber agrees to a lower $ contract than market value, that would send ripples through all the players and teams that would agents and players going ape."
Never underestimate the ability of the players to screw themselves over, a few have already screwed the union over with their extensions.  There will be plenty of pressure from the NHLPA but in Weber's case  I don't think it will matter.  
"Plus, if I am Shea Weber, i dont ask for more money for me, per se. I ask for offensive help- give me some sort of commitment. I will give you 2 years, you work on giving me some offensive power. If, after 2 years there is no improvement, then I walk.

shea weber has a good thing in Nashville- a desirable city, a descent but not smothering media corps, and a solid team that can get to the playoffs. Plus Pekka Rinne, a top 3 goalie. The Nashville predators are a 30-40 goal solid centerman away from getting past the Canucks this year. "

Poile won't go for 2 years and neither would Weber.   No gm wants to have a team's construction held hostage to a 2 year deal imo.   The problem with Nashville getting a 30-40 goal scorer is that there isn't many of them.   30 goal guys start at 4 mil and a 40 goal guy is going to start at 5.5. mil. Nashville, unfortunately, has limited resources.    Poile is still scarred from the Forsberg trade.  



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Predators file for arbitration with Weber

Look,  I am just saying that Nashville has had huge success developing talent, letting them move on when they are in a position to demand huge $$$ and not taking a huge hit in doing so.



Look at their goalies they've revolved through there: Vokoun, Mason, and now Rinne.  The Preds have always landed on their feet.  Given their crop of prospects, who's to say the loss of Weber is gonna sink them?



Besides, redwings1969 points out a very good fact that if Weber agrees to a lower $ contract than market value, that would send ripples through all the players and teams that would agents and players going ape.



If you add all this up, I agree that Weber will move on and that Nashville won't be as crushed as some might expect.  They have a knack of always getting the best out of their players.    &nb
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Predators file for arbitration with Weber

Plus, if I am Shea Weber, i dont ask for more money for me, per se. I ask for offensive help- give me some sort of commitment. 

I'm not a genius but I understand the business side of the NHL at least a little bit.... I wish more people on these boards would understand that side a little more.  Shea Weber and anybody as good and as young as him in sports today doesn't have the option to take much less then he's worth or the option to not ask for more money.  They don't talk about it but there are agents and union leaders in his ear that won't let that happen....he CAN'T take less then he's worth or not ask for more money.

He might be the most wanted dman in the today's NHL... and he might be the best all around dman in the NHL right now and if not he's sure on his way to being exactly that..... he sets the benchmark and affects EVERY OTHER NHL DMAN for years to come.  Almost anybody else signing a deal for the next few years after he does is almost automatically sure to make less money and less of a commitment from their respective teams then he does... the less he takes, the less everybody else makes....

If Weber is going to stay in Nashville for more then 1 more season, the Preds are going to be forced to pony up and commit to a MASSIVE contract... nothing short of massive will do.... just wait and see.   Either that will happen or an arbitrator will decide his salary for 1 season and he'll be free to go anywhere he wants the next season...... it doesn't matter how much he loves Nashville..... it doesn't matter how much he wants to stay... it doesn't matter that he doesn't need to make an excessive amount of money...  what matters is Shea Weber has a lot of people counting on him... he's one of a small handfull or two handfulls of players in that class.... he's going to ask for a fortune and he's going to get it somewhere... guaranteed. 



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Predators file for arbitration with Weber

the simple fact the Predators have Suter isnt the issue. It is what Weber is with or without Ryan Suter. Those two have formed an unbelievable bond.Weber's game suffers without suter. 

Plus, if I am Shea Weber, i dont ask for more money for me, per se. I ask for offensive help- give me some sort of commitment. I will give you 2 years, you work on giving me some offensive power. If, after 2 years there is no improvement, then I walk.

shea weber has a good thing in Nashville- a desirable city, a descent but not smothering media corps, and a solid team that can get to the playoffs. Plus Pekka Rinne, a top 3 goalie. The Nashville predators are a 30-40 goal solid centerman away from getting past the Canucks this year. 



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2011 10:04 am
 

Predators file for arbitration with Weber

Dammit!!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 10:01 am
 

Predators file for arbitration with Weber

not as painful as everyone thinks?  That's a crazy statement.  Listen.. Sutter is rock solid, and Ellis is a prospect..... may be great, may be nothing, may be good... who knows.  All I know, is Weber is possibly the best Defencemen in the Entire NHL today.  I don't care what team he's on.  Him leaving is very painful.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:33 am
 

Predators file for arbitration with Weber

Lets not forget that Nashville has Ryan Sutter on the blueline along with first-rounder Ryan Ellis in Juniors waiting to make the jump.  Given this, the loss of Weber may not be as painful as everyone thinks.


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