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What Should Shea Weber Be Making?

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.

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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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SnLO's avatar

What Should Shea Weber Be Making?

4 years @ $6.4m

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 08/03/11 at 12:10 PM ET

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Wasn’t Weber the guy who took a stupid penalty that cost the Preds a game in their series against the Canucks?  I’m not saying the Preds were going to win that series, but if I was Nashville I would bring it up.

Posted by Devils In The Details on 08/03/11 at 01:16 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Holy shit did you read some of the comments over there? They need a KK education..

Weber wants out or wants the owners to start spending more to get pieces to try to win.. I think he’s looking at Rick Nash and thinking “not me”

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/03/11 at 01:22 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Hmm, if Weber wants ownership to spend more, did he mean on other players or himself?

Posted by TheFreak on 08/03/11 at 02:21 PM ET

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Nine of Weber’s similarly aged (or younger) teammates on the gold medal-winning Olympic team have a Stanley Cup ring.

The question then is he willing to make the Preds a winner, or is he then LeBron that wants to just go join a winner?  I believe that three of those nine played on the BlackHawks and four more on Ducks/Pens so it isn’t like a lot of teams have won it while he has been waiting.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/03/11 at 06:22 PM ET

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