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by Paul on 08/03/11 at 08:48 AM ET
from Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,
Despite meeting Monday and early Tuesday, the team and its captain were unable to settle on a contract before the 8 a.m. hearing in Toronto, where each side argued Weber’s worth in front of an arbitrator.
The Predators recommended an award of $4.75 million, a source close to the situation said. Weber’s agents with Titan Sports Management asked for $8.5 million. The award is for one year, as determined by Weber’s agents….
Arbitration hearings include 90-minute arguments by both sides, meaning the Predators had to present a case that Weber — a Norris Trophy runner-up, an Olympic gold medalist, a two-time All-Star and the first captain from the their own system — was worth $4.75 million for one season. Based on current salaries, that would make Weber the 26th highest-paid defenseman next season.
If you were the arbitrator, what salary would you award Weber?
added 6:59am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
The Predators, in a lot of ways, are a model organization. They get the most out of their money with great coaching and development. But there is a limit. Nine of Weber’s similarly aged (or younger) teammates on the gold medal-winning Olympic team have a Stanley Cup ring. That’s not lost on him.
Even with last year’s historic playoff success, Nashville was 10 wins away from the ultimate victory.
Weber’s said several times he wants to stay and will get a deal done. But people who are much smarter than I am say this indicates otherwise. It’s almost like he’s putting them on notice: a “show me now” message.
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