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by Alanah McGinley on 08/03/11 at 03:49 PM ET
From Tim Wharnsby of CBC via Twitter:
Nashville’s Shea Weber is awarded a$7.5 million salary arbitration.
Update 3:24pm ET: Elliotte Friedman comments—
Weber’s $7.5M is highest arb award ever. That also makes him highest-salaried defenceman by Average Annual Value.
Update 7:50pm ET: Comments from David Poille and Shea Weber—
“We negotiated long and hard for many, many meetings. We talked from a one-year contract to a longer-term contract,” Poile said. “As they say, ‘Why didn’t you get it done?’ Well, we just couldn’t quite agree on the term, the length or the structure. We just didn’t get it done. From our standpoint, that is a little disappointing. We would certainly like the certainty of our captain signed to a long-term contract, but that’s not to say he’s not going to. It offers us a challenge. It certainly keeps me and the rest of our organization focused with our eye on the ball and what we have to do.”
Added Weber: “It is nice to get this arbitration process out of the way here for now and hopefully this can lead to further negotiations between my agents and the Predators and hopefully we can get something long term. For now, a one-year deal is done and I’m excited to get ready for the season.”
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