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by Paul on 07/05/12 at 02:43 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
And so, now the hockey world eyeballs Shea Weber and wonders what the big guy will do.
My ESPN The Magazine colleague Craig Custance did a great job breaking that down yesterday. A restricted free agent, the Nashville Predators captain will be a major story line all summer long regardless of his decision in the wake of Ryan Suter’s departure.
“He’s still in disbelief,” Kevin Epp, one of Weber’s agents at Titan Sports Management, told ESPN.com Thursday. “They were so close this year in terms of the team’s chances. They really had a shot. Shea believed there was a good chance that Ryan would stay there. So, right now, Shea is still processing this news.”
At this point, anything remains possible. Weber could come conclude that the Predators are still a contender, especially depending what they do to replace Suter, and maybe Weber does sign a long-term deal this summer.
Or, after further pondering, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist might instead come to the realization that it’s time to move and turn down any long-term offers from the Preds. That, of course, would likely force Nashville’s hand on a trade.
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