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Weber excited about Preds’ future

Apr 29, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators awaits a face off against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 27, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 4-3 in overtime.
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Defenseman Shea Weber inked a 14-year, $110 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers last summer, but the Nashville Predators ultimately exercised their right to match the contract.

Now, barring a trade, Nashville and Weber are stuck with each other through the 2025-26 campaign. However, even after his team finished with the fourth worst record in the NHL, Weber insists he wants to stay in Nashville.

“For sure, definitely,” Weber told The Tennessean. “I’m committed to everything here — committed to the team and coaching staff and my teammates, and committed to being better for them and getting back to the postseason.”

Weber had the opportunity to talk to Predators GM David Poile and the team captain expressed confidence in Poile’s abilities.

“I know I’m going to be here, and I’m excited about that,” Weber said. “With the direction we’re headed with the young guys and the guys coming back next year, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Poile also seems upbeat going into the summer. It helps that they won’t have to deal with a situation similar to last year when attempting to retain Weber and Ryan Suter consumed much of the team’s focus.

“That was a situation where we were paralyzed by that,” Poile said. “We got to July 4 or 5, and when all the dust settled, there was nowhere to go in terms of adding players or changing things around.

“Virtually all the guys we would have any interest in had gone in a different direction, so that hurt us from an improvement standpoint.”

Nashville has plenty of cap space and would like to spend it on acquiring “dynamic” forwards. The Predators scored an NHL-low 111 goals in 2013.

  1. scionofflame - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    As a Preds fan, I’m hopeful of what the team can do this offseason. I really do think that Suter AND Weber business threw a lot of the offseason off kilter…and no, before anyone comments, I’m not whining about Suter and I don’t think Poile is either. :P

    Preds have a lot of guys to get rid of. Too many grinders and depth forwards, less skilled forwards to fill out the lines properly. Plus they need a solid 2nd pairing D-man to go with Kevin Klein. Should be an interesting offseason with how much cap space the Preds have available going into a lowered salary cap year.

  2. mclovinhockey - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I have no idea why a team not making a huge income puts 16 million a year into one player and one goalie…
    Financially, matching webers contract may really hurt this team in the long run. The preds need to make some moves to bring in better top guys but as of now, I am worried for their future.

    • 19to77 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Yyyyyep. This is a budget franchise that has committed an enormous portion of their wealth in two guys and obviously needs to add several more pieces just to make the playoffs again, let alone win a Cup. Where’s the money going to come from?

    • vshehane - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      You probably should have stopped with your first four words. Lots of comments on this board that are 5 years out of date. Believe me, there aren’t many Pred fans who are worried for the future of this team.

  3. DED - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Weber said. “With the direction we’re headed with the young guys and the guys coming back next year, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

    Of course he’s positive. His future is so tied into Nashville’s that a negative disposition would only poison both him and the team.

    I’m not trying to dis the guy, or the team. Last year’s free agency circus screwed things up (not to mention the Lockout) and I think the Predators came away damaged. They’ll get things sorted out this summer and the team will gel next Fall after a proper training camp.

  4. bellicosejeff - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Ah yes, a story about the Preds and out come all the financial experts and league accountants. Don’t any of you worry about the Predators. What the new(ish) ownership group has done for this team in the short time they’ve owned it has been amazing. If you don’t live here and follow the team as you would the team you currently follow. I wouldn’t expect any of you to know this. Maybe you shouldn’t comment on things you know nothing about, but it’s the internet and we’re all free to use it.

    It’s no longer 2008. This ownership group didn’t make their money individually because they don’t know how to run a business ok? They would have passed on Weber if they thought it was going to crush their hockey business. Obviously the huge contract hurts the bottom line. However, if they decided they wanted to pitch in their personal cash to cover Weber, then good for them. They’re rich hockey fans, they wanted Weber on their team.

    Like I tell Philly fans still pissed we matched. If something changes on the Weber front and we’re forced to move him. I’m sure every sports site will have a story on it. Until then, please get up to date on your Predators information or maybe don’t comment.

    • mclovinhockey - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120429/NEWS01/304290057/Profit-eludes-Nashville-Predators-despite-ice-success-public-money?nclick_check=1
      Wanted to post this link to you so you can read this and respond to my old post.

      “The franchise lost a pretty big amount of money in the past few years, now having to give weber a truck load more of cash (26 million in the calendar year from the signing date) is very hurtful. I think with that, the franchise owners have had to pay 80 million out of their pockets in 6 years (since they needed to pay out of their pockets for weber). If you think that’s not troubling then you need to take some financing classes.”

      That was the quote from my last post. Just want to see your response since you seem like an educated person.

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120429/NEWS01/304290057/Profit-eludes-Nashville-Predators-despite-ice-success-public-money?nclick_check=1

    Not sure if that link will work, it’s from my iPhone.

    The franchise lost a pretty big amount of money in the past few years, now having to give weber a truck load more of cash (26 million in the calendar year from the signing date) is very hurtful. I think with that, the franchise owners have had to pay 80 million out of their pockets in 6 years (since they needed to pay out of their pockets for weber). If you think that’s not troubling then you need to take some financing classes.

  6. sabresfanintn - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    The financial problems of the Preds did not help them but the lack of scoring on the team is the fault of the coach and GM, mostly the coach. Trotz has never developed a “sniper”. He is only concerned with defense and stifles any forward that may have a natural scoring ability, such as Craig Smith. The Preds will never get beyond the second round until they develop some scorers.

  7. jimw81 - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    2013 1st, Coots and read for weber.

    • mclovinhockey - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Only problem is the preds need to hit the floor and flyers need to avoid the ceiling.

      If the Flyers attempt to get Weber i could see the first (11th overall, very very deep draft), laughten (i think he finished top of his league in scoring, very highly valued prospect) and a high cap D, such as Mez or coburn.

  8. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Weber is gone before the puck drops in October. They need scoring in the worst way and Rinne is not getting moved. Weber is the key to huge returns up front for the Preds.

    • jimw81 - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      There are rumors floating in flyersville that snider has given the green light to homer to give the asking price is weber or Yadle. Flyers might offer sheet Pietrangelo.

      • mclovinhockey - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Flyers for Weber would be a very hard move for both teams.
        Yandle, they want a top 6 center, if briere waves his NMC him and laughten could work, they get a top 6 now and one to replace him in two years. Plus a high cap hit low salary which is something the yotes love.
        Pietrangelo may be fun since the blues have to resign 3/4th their team, but they may also look at shattenkirk. May be cheaper, also very good.

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