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Weber’s agent: “He’s glad to be back”

Jul 24, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

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Despite an offer sheet tailor-made to be difficult to stomach, the Nashville Predators spurned the Philadelphia Flyers by matching Shea Weber‘s offer sheet. So how does Weber feel about remaining in Nashville?

TSN and John Glennon caught up with both of Weber’s agents to get some early reactions.

First, here are some of the highlights of what Weber Agent No. 1 Jarrett Bousquet had to say, via Glennon.

“It definitely sends a message that (the Preds’ ownership) is a solid group and they’re ready to move forward to go to the next level,” Bousquet said. “He’s glad to be back. He’s really happy ownership made the commitment to him. When I spoke to (Weber), he was going to meet with Barry (Trotz) and he’s really looking forward to getting back to work.”

Weber’s other agent Kevin Epp spoke with TSN, with transcriptions from Sean Gentille.

“Shea and us knew this could possibly happen, and I think Nashville is still, y’know, a very good organization,” Epp said. “I think the biggest thing he can do now is be the biggest promoter and recruiter to attract other free agents.”

One of the most-debated elements of the Weber discussion is whether or not the Predators will provide the defenseman with a no-trade clause after next season (teams cannot trade players for the first season of these deals). Epp said that “part of the deal was to have one” although it was a gray area of the talks.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Weber’s agents are wrong, there was not a no trade clause in the offer sheet and the offer sheet becomes the contract as is, this comes from the NHL via Eliotte Friedman.

    • 28giroux28 - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Yes but a NTC can be amended into the contract after one calender year.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        According to the NHL in this case because it was a contract sheet it could not, not sure if that changes because his original team matched but for restricted free agents the offer sheet is the contract period.

  2. sgtr0c - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Seems odd this contract now is affordable, but they sent their star/captian/future to abitration and to a RFA offer sheet, to get fair market value for his talent?

    Also, apparently, Nashville is more of a deep pocket team then they think.

    • gohawksgo2012 - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:51 AM

      just because they can afford Weber, does not mean that they could afford both Weber and Suter! probably had to keep one or the other…..Suter was the UFA this year!

  3. Chris Ross - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I can’t really imagine Shea Weber is that happy to be back. He wants to be on a Stanley Cup team too and I think he would have rather ended up in Philly. Nashville not a bad spot but I don’t seeing them contending for a cup unless they get some scoring punch. Rinne and Weber can’t carry them all the way to a cup.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/for-the-fans/

    • themohel - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      If he didn’t want to play there he would not have signed a 75-year offer sheet. If his goal was to leave Nash, he would have played this year on a one-year deal with them and then he could have picked his team.

  4. bruinpred - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    You keep posting like you know what you are talking about but you don’t. Please stop. if you are an aspiring sportscaster, you must know that your credibility is of the utmost importance.

  5. mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    No one would sign him to a one year deal… It wouldn’t have worked.. He wanted a long deal (which is something the preds hate) plus with a high chance of a lockout next year no one would sign him to a 1 year deal.

    • hystoracle - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Since Weber was an RFA, Nashville had to tender him a one year offer in order to maintain their rights to the retain Weber. He could have accepted his tender offer and played the year becoming a UFA next season (assuming there are no radical changes with the new CBA).

  6. Jay - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Weber unhappy about not being on a contender? I would say that with 26 million in his pockets, he could care less!!!! I mean he’s set for life!

  7. hines86for6 - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    last year’s point totals:

    Philly 103
    Nashville 104

    all this talk about Nash not being a contender is a farce.
    best d man in the league
    top 3 goalie
    top 10 set up man in the league in Martin Erat
    with cap space to still wheel and deal

    • hystoracle - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Rinne is definitely better than Bryzgalov. Goaltending is the most important element once the playoffs begin. Quick and the Kings proved that this season.

  8. vshehane - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Much joy in Smashville!

  9. xaf605 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Lets go predators 👏 👏👏👏👏!

  10. broadstbully33 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    hahaha erat top 10 hahaha thanks for the joke i needed it today

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