Monday, June 23, 2008

Predators lock up Weber

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Shea Weber to a three-year, $13.5 million contract.

“Shea has evolved into one of our core players,” Poile said. “He is both a player and a person that every team covets. He is big and strong, skates well, and possesses a booming shot. Shea has also been a part of championship teams from the Memorial Cup in 2004 and the World Junior Championship in 2005, to the World Championships in Russia last summer.”
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Still only 23, Weber's one of the most underrated players in the league. His season last year was derailed by an awful knee injury, but he's going to be a great one.

With Ellis, Suter and Weber locked up, the Predators will have a club that looks a lot like the one that made the playoffs last season.
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8 Comments:

At 3:43 PM, June 23, 2008, Blogger VeryProudofYa said...

Is it sad that he sticks in my memory not for punching in 17 goals two seasons ago, but for getting absolutely destroyed by a blind haymaker from travis moen?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQaE0TuXCXI

ouch.

 
At 3:46 PM, June 23, 2008, Blogger Scott said...

James,

Why do you think the Predators signed him for 4.5 per season? It seems like that is on the high end of what the young defencemen are getting and the term doesn't eat into any of his UFA years.

 
At 3:49 PM, June 23, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Fear of an offer sheet.

 
At 4:33 PM, June 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who thinks this is a steal for Nashville? Didn't Phaneuf get $6.5/year? Not saying Weber is as good as Phaneuf, but you could easily make the argument that his defensive game is superior to the Calgary blueliner and, this past injury-riddled season notwithstanding, his scoring clip isn't too far off.

 
At 5:12 PM, June 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Marek Zidlicky is going the get traded because Nashville has two other smallish and skilled D-men in their system.

Ville Koistinen was with Preds all year and Janne Niskala played well in minors. Both players represented Finland at Worlds in Halifax/Quebec.

Anyway, signing Weber was crucial because he is one of those young studs that would've gotten offer sheets.

You can't even think about comparing Dustin Penner to Shea Weber when you think their contributions to a hockey team.

Out of shape Penner is doing well if he can skate 16 real minutes per game when Weber can handle whatever minutes are thrown at his way.

Point production will be pretty much same but Weber is also punishing.

Yeah, I know that other one is D and other one forward but just to look this from offer sheet kind of way.

I would give Weber six years and 36million in a heart beat since you just can't find these kind of defencemen. If you do, you pay them big time.

Phaneuf vs. Weber? I don't know for sure but I might go with latter. And it's not because it's BBQ season.

 
At 5:31 PM, June 23, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Weber should be talked about amongst the best young blueliners in the game, right up there with Phaneuf and Green. He's much better in his own end than those two, IMO.

 
At 5:26 PM, June 24, 2008, Blogger Scott said...

What kind of an offer sheet do you think would be worth fearing? The only thing I would be fearful of is something north of the 4.5 that they gave him over term of four years or less. If someone gives him 5.5 over six it's probably a better deal for the club because it eats two years of UFA at what will probably end up being a discount if his development continues. If someone decided he was every bit as good as Phaneuf and offered him 6.5 over five, I could see that being a pain because it only eats one UFA year. 6.5 over three would be painful, but even then, that's about a worst case scenario and you have the option of cashing it in for two first round picks, a second and a third. I'm not sure that there is much to fear.

 
At 5:53 PM, June 24, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

What he got was a pretty reasonable contract compared to what some young defencemen are getting, and on the open market, who knows? Do you want to take that chance?

 

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