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Weber: “This is a place I can see myself for the rest of my career.”

Jul 25, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 13: Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on April 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

A day after the Nashville Predators boldly matched the Philadelphia Flyers’ offer sheet, Shea Weber told the Tennessean that it’s “a positive thing.”

“I love the city of Nashville. I love the fans and my teammates. It’s a very positive thing that the ownership has stepped up and shown they’re going to be a team that’s going to spend to the cap and bring guys in and be a successful team,” Weber said.

“Now that this is over with … this is a place I can see myself for the rest of my career.”

Fourteen years might just cover the rest of Weber’s career, too.

Much speculation cropped up about Weber wanting a no-trade (or no-movement) clause added to his contract. Weber said “we’re trying to get” a NMC and “hopefully we can work that out.”

He’s played every game of his NHL career with the Predators, ascending to captain during that process. The team paid a massive fee to make sure that he won’t be going anywhere unless they choose to trade him down the line.

Publicly, Weber says that he’s just fine sticking with Nashville.

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What they’re saying

  1. joelwrobinson - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    “I love the city of Nashville. I love the fans and my teammates.” Yet, you still tried to sign with the flyers?

    • biasedhomer - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Would you pass up a 100M if you were in his shoes? Given the new CBA would do away with life time contracts, 100M is something you don’t pass up, no matter how much you love a city.

    • wingsdjy - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      Signing that offer sheet was a smart move by him and doesn’t at all reflect his feelings about the city of Nashville. It’s pretty simple. Either (a) Nashville matches, thus showing that they are willing to aggressively pursue putting together a great program or (b) Nashville passes, showing that Weber is better off moving to a competitive program.

      Make no mistake, Weber wants to win. His desire to win and be on a competitive team does not man he hates Nashville.

    • wingsdjy - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Signing that offer sheet was a smart move by him and doesn’t at all reflect his feelings about the city of Nashville. It’s pretty simple. Either (a) Nashville matches, thus showing that they are willing to aggressively pursue putting together a great program or (b) Nashville passes, showing that Weber is better off moving to a competitive program.

      Make no mistake, Weber wants to win. His desire to win and be on a competitive team does not mean he hates Nashville.

  2. vismund11 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    It’s a very positive thing that the ownership has stepped up and shown they’re going to be a team that’s going to spend to the cap and bring guys in and be a successful team,” Weber said.

    —Oh you mean spend to the cap to keep ONE guy? Yeah have fun man.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      Cap floor & Pekka Rinne
      You failed

  3. windmiller4 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Of course he can see himself there for the rest of his career, he has a 14 year contract. Fact is if he really wanted to play in Nashville he would’ve turned down the offer sheet. i guess he doesn’t like his chances of winning the cup in Nashville

    • chibimike - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Yes, he would have turned down the offer sheet and waited for the new CBA so he could make 70% of what he got in this offer. It was a smart move by him, if they matched he got his huge contract and stays put, if they didn’t match, it told him all he needed to know about Nashville.

  4. ray2013 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    If someone agreed to give me $110 million to play hockey, I’d tell them I love them too.

  5. buffalomafia - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    He is lying!

  6. mikeincmn - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    He cant seriously believe that franchise is gonna spend to the cap can he?

    I mean, it would be a great story if they did and i guess its possible if the cap is lowered, but for all the strides the franchise has made in that market, Shea Weber alone ate up their ticket money from the past season.

    I didnt think it would be an issue if he came back though, thats a lot of money and security in terms of years on his deal where I never saw him making too much of a fuss over it. Unless they tear everything down, he will likely be fine.

    • ray2013 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      I guess it all depends on how you look at the numbers.

      I’ve been looking at the contract, and while they’re going to be paying him $56 million over the first four years, they’re going to be paying him $24.5 million over his cap hit. That works out to a $6 million dollar bonus every year on top of his cap hit. Then he gets a $4.5 million dollar bonus over his cap hit for two years. After six years, his actual salary is lower than his cap hit.

      When you start to do a comparative analysis of salaries with top stars in the NHL, his cap hit is lower than Crosby or Ovechkin. If I had a chance to start my own team and pick any player to play for my team, I’d pick Weber over either of those two. You have to pay top dollar for top talent. Good move by the Flyers for trying to sign him, great move by the Preds for matching.

  7. freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    how can he come now and require a NTC/NMC? He already robbed their safe and “forgot” the clause – bad luck then.

  8. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    No chance the Preds give him a NMC, they have absolutely no incentive to do it, just look at the Rick Nash debacle, if he gets his NTC then later demands a trade and gives them a list of 5-7 teams he’ll go to then they’re screwed.

    Kelly Hrudey put forward an interesting idea (via Elliotte Friedman) that a player with a no movement clause should not be able to be asked to waive it, Friedman followed that with 2 ideas of his own in this case: 1. If teams can’t ask a player to waive their NTC then players shouldn’t be able to ask for a trade. Or 2. If a player with a NTC asks for a trade then it automatically voids his NTC and the team can trade him to whichever of the 29 teams bids the most. I agree with Hrudey and I agree with the second option Friedman put forward.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      You do know there is a difference between NMC and NTC

  9. scionofflame - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Try reading some local blog talk from his press conference and the presser of the ownership and Poile from today. Goes deeper, and honestly these stories don’t quite give you the scope of the story on things.

    If he didn’t want to play in Nashville, he wouldn’t sign an offer sheet. Philly is a great contender and it’s a team he could win with. Nashville is too. He sounds as though he’d be happy either way, and he’s glad to have financial security for himself and his family with the contract.

  10. suepeacock - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    I heard he wouldn’t sign in Philly because his johnson would be dwarfed by the soupcan across the state.

    • 28giroux28 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Except he did sign in Philly….

  11. wingsfan40 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Ya right he will get traded to Philly or Detroit I know it

  12. andyp03 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Flyers fan here. Yes, I’m still crying.

  13. earlcpeacock - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    thats wat i heard too @SoupCanArmy

  14. broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    I like Weber he is the best Dman in the game. I just hope he likes the cold or the rain because he’ll be in Quebec City or Seattle in the future. personally I think Hamilton should get the next team but oh well.

  15. Doesnotmatter - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    How much does his agent get? 10 % ? More???

  16. letangusespertplus - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    holmgren got drunk and put on his hero costume of ray shero and tried to trick shea weber into signing an offer sheet. then weber begged poile to take him back after he realized how stupid he was for falling for this drunkards trick. weber is a loser and wouldn’t even crack the top 8 on the pens defense, he uses garnier fructis like the woman he is.

    • flyeredup202 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      you are an idiot…..your pens have Letang…. and hes a cheap shot..and thats it your de blows and my flyers proved that in the playoffs last year.

      I cant wait till your team goes bankrupt again and there are no pen fans to speak of like the late 90s. You guys didnt support that team and are lucky they didnt get moved to canada. I respect the level of talent you guys have, Malkin, Letang(dirty but Id take him) MAF and Syndy. You guys had a good 2rd or 3rd line center but he hated your town so much he wanted to go play in Carolina.(small market) Pens fans are fairweather fans, but yet talk so much crap.

  17. michiganhockey11 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    He’ll be traded after the first of second year.

  18. sippindasyzurp - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Haha they won’t be able to spend money for the next 3 years now to keep some important players unless they are ready to take a hometown discount!

  19. hines86for6 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Shea Weber>Kris Letang

  20. tmoore4075 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    No way will he be traded in a year two. Every time I read that I wonder what people are thinking. First, they just said the matched it to show they wanted to compete and weren’t gonna lose him to a big market and all of that. So what does it say to your fan base and possible UFA’s you want to bring there (or re-sign if they are your own) if you up and trade him a year or two later. Second 2 years from right now they will have paid him $41mil. Then common sense just comes into play. You only owe him $69mil over the next 12 years after that. So you are going to invent that money just to trade him away? That doesn’t make sense.

    As for he wants to be there his whole career. He’s just saying what he needs to. Not saying he doesn’t want to be there but he would have said the same thing about Philly had NSH not matched. He was going for the big money. I can’t blame him. He knew he couldn’t get this deal when the new CBA is in place so went and got the deal that was best. I also don’t believe he wanted out of NSH as bad as some people said he did. You don’t sign an offer sheet if you do. If getting out was priority one you wait to be traded. Getting paid was his number one priority and I can’t fault him for that.

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