Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/09/10 at 02:23 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Naming Shea Weber captain was an obvious move by the Nashville Predators; but from this vantage point, it was also a very strategic one.
Weber is entering the final season of a three-year contract that pays him $4.5 million annually, and the Preds hope it won’t be his last in Music City.
So giving the star defenseman the “C” is a way for the franchise to give Weber their biggest possible endorsement.
“I don’t think we can give any stronger message than that,” Preds GM David Poile told ESPN.com. “And it’s certainly our intention to sit down with his representatives, probably closer to training camp, and talk about the future. I think our relationship has been good and this was just the right thing to do for our organization.”
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