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LeBrun: Weber gone this summer too?

Jun 4, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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Could the Predators lose both Ryan Suter and Shea Weber this summer? ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun thinks it’s very possible:

It’ll be interesting to see how Weber reacts depending on what Suter does. Would Weber want to sign long-term if Suter leaves? Can the Preds afford to keep Weber around another season if he doesn’t want to sign a long-term extension? I just don’t see how they can. If Weber doesn’t sign long-term, surely the Preds have to shop him this summer. Either Suter and Weber both sign extensions to stay in Nashville or they’re both gone this summer. There doesn’t seem to be any in-between, in my mind.

Losing both defensemen would be devastating for the Preds in the near term. Suter would walk away for free as an unrestricted free agent and it would be almost impossible to land a comparable player for Weber, mostly because there aren’t many comparable players and nobody wants to trade the ones that are.

Granted, Weber would still net the Preds a good return – especially if the acquiring team can lock him up long-term and remove the risk of losing him as an unrestricted free agent next summer. Assuming GM David Poile can turn Weber into some top-end prospects, at the very least he can get a head start on rebuilding.

Of course, there’s still the chance Suter and Weber could re-sign long-term in Nashville. And you never know – maybe Weber doesn’t need Suter to stay for him to stay as well.

At any rate, it shouldn’t be long before we know Suter’s intentions, after which the dominos will start to fall.

  1. mianfr - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    And then the Maple Leafs traded all of the prospects…

  2. bcjim - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    You simply can’t sign two dmen to massive deals, they are just of ultimately limited value. The fact is, no team its going to sign both of them long term to”max” deals so why would Weber or Suter be upset just because the Preds cant?

    Now 2 “reasonable” deals? Maybe the preds can do that. But no team is going to give then both 8x8m.

  3. gregtheking - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    THIS IS THE STANLEY CUP. ALL THE GAMES MESS BE ON NBC CH 4 NOT ON “NBCSP” OR “MSNBC” OR “PRIME” THE TWO GAMES IN NJ WORE ON CH 4 NBC IN ALL OF THE U.S.A.. NOW IN LA THE GAMES ARE ON NBCSP.. COME ON LET EVERONE SEE THE GAMES ON NBC CH 4 NOT ON CHS 267/275/605/178/369………THIS IS THE STANLEY CUP..THE BIG ONE.. LET ALL SEE THIS

    • rarelyshaves - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      What in the hell are you on about?

      This is an article about Shea Weber, not broadcast contracts.

      Nice job typing in all caps, too. Lets us know you really mean business

  4. rarelyshaves - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    This guy seems to be doing a lot of abstract leaps in his assesment.

    I dont see any concrete reasoning why Nashville couldn’t get Weber to sign if Suter leaves. They have a good team there that underachieved in the playoffs… or rather, they were out-gooned by the Coyotes. Why wouldn’t he want to stay as the star?

  5. vshehane - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    What a dumb, pointless article.

  6. ray2013 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    This is just part of the business of hockey. If you can’t lock up a star for a long-term contract, then you have to move him for players, prospects and/or picks so that you don’t watch him walk away for nothing.

    It’s not any different than basketball, and everyone remembers what happened to the Magic. Shaq wouldn’t re-sign, the Magic wouldn’t trade him, and when his contract was up, Shaq left to go play for the Lakers. Good for Shaq, good for the Lakers, disastrous for the Magic who got nothing.

    If Weber won’t sign an extension, then Nashville has to accept that he could walk away for nothing, so the Preds have to trade him. And if they have to trade him, then you might as well trade him this off-season, when a team is likely willing to pay more to have a full season of Weber, with the chance to hopefully have him re-sign with his new team.

  7. scionofflame - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Everyone acts like the Predators are already losing them. Sort of disheartening and downright pointless to think so.

    I think we -can- sign Weber and Suter to long-term deals, especially considering the history they have with the team and the strides they’ve been making. If they want to play for a Cup winner, they can support Nashville on the way next year.

  8. steelwarriors55 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    The Preds could get the moon from Philly if they shipped him there

    • ravenscaps48 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      And then he’d go on to have injuries that would end his career just like the other guy they got a few years ago… I liked Weber until this years playoff.

  9. leninthebuff - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Weber for Tyler Myers

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