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Poile on retaining Weber: “It wasn’t just a hockey decision”

Jul 25, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

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While Paul Holmgren was busy looking ahead after seeing the Predators match their offer sheet for Shea Weber, Predators GM David Poile was nothing but excited.

Poile spoke at an outdoor press conference in Nashville today to celebrate the team signing Weber to Philly’s 14-year, $110 million deal. Adam Kimelman of NHL.com shares Poile’s thoughts on how keeping Weber means more than just success on the ice to Nashville.

“It wasn’t just a hockey decision,” he said. “We involved the business side and the ownership and collectively we went over the reasons why we should do it and if there were any reasons we shouldn’t do it. And I think we all came together with the same answer, and that was yes. Because we involved everyone in the organization, I think as they say, we’re in this together.

“This [retaining Weber] made the most sense. I think everybody feels they’re part of it and going forward we’re all part of this team we’re going to take to the Stanley Cup in the near future.”

Poile gave much credit to ownership for making the commitment to Weber and, through that, a commitment to winning. In the past, smaller markets were seen as feeder teams to the big spenders. The feeling in Nashville today is that they won’t let that happen to them. Now it’s up to Weber to inspire others to join him in that quest for success. It’s his team now.

  1. ray2013 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    If Poile asked Weber about bringing back Radulov last season to get his approval/support, they were already his team.

  2. savior72 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Will ticket prices be going up now ya think?

  3. semin28 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Tickets are are going to be pricey haha

  4. vshehane - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I am locked on my price for 2 more years, so I am good.

    • mweist11 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:50 AM

      Hope you’re willing to move. Seriously, this is the worst move a franchise has ever made in the history of professional sports!

  5. phillyphan93 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Good luck in Quebec!

  6. hines86for6 - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    ^^^^^^^ Butthurt

    • chap6869 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      That’s funny, I’ve said the same thing about Pens fans everytime they come onto a Flyers related post spewing stupid nonsense, I mean seriously, it’s time to get over the butthurt from last years playoffs don’t ya think!!!!!

  7. youngs79 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Who cares what Poile thinks? Nashville, Tennessee is not exactly a Hockey hot bed. I’m glad the fans got to keep Weber, but if this would have been such a great place to play, Suter would have never left with Nashville getting nothing in return. Poile should have been on top of this and at the very least, traded him without letting him leave and get nothing in return.

  8. brianforster - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    i know on paper nashville is a small market team, but have any of you guys even watched a preds game? the place always seems full of pretty passionate fans. granted its no winnipeg, but it looked pretty fun in there.

    the first thing i ever ask anyone i meet from nashville is if they have gone to a preds game, and they always say how much fun it is.

    i feel like this whole nashville small market thing is overblown, HARD.

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