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by Paul on 07/06/12 at 02:41 PM ET
from Kevin Allen at Rink Rap,
It certainly isn’t difficult to determine what to offer Weber: It’s the Sidney Crosby contract of $104.4 million over 12 years.
We know the Predators can go that high, because they were at least in the neighborhood in their bidding for Ryan Suter.
If the Predators make that offer, they are telling Weber they value him as much the Penguins value Crosby. And that’s the truth. They would be paying him more than Ryan Suter received when he left the Predators to sign with the Minnesota Wild this week. And that’s important. That offer would also telling their fans that the Predators are willing to do whatever it takes to build a winning organization
That level of offer essentially forces both sides to lay all of their cards on the table. If Weber doesn’t accept that offer now, it’s highly unlikely he’s going to re-sign in Nashville.
If he turns down the offer, Poile doesn’t have to guess whether Weber is going to stay. He will know it’s time to trade him and get players back that will put the franchise back on the road to recovery from the loss of Suter and Weber.
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