LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 22: Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators poses for a portrait during the 2011 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort June 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
While the Nashville Predators have continued adding role players to the lineup, the big question at hand, of course, is when (and for how much) Shea Weber will get signed to a new contract. Preds fans received quite a scare this afternoon, courtesy of hockey writer Andy Strickland out of St. Louis:
Nashville is looking to sign Captain Shea Weber to a long term deal but he's interested in signing a short term deal at this time.
This would be, if true, a new bit of news, as the line we've heard all along is that Shea's side is waiting on some comparable situations to work out before finalizing a new deal. Going shorter term instead of long would certainly seem to make sense for any high-profile player, considering the way the overall salary structure has risen in recent years (over 60% since 2005-6).
The key here is the two-year mark, which would take Weber up to the summer of 2013, when he first becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency (thanks to @johndmackjr on Twitter for prompting me to verify that). Every additional year under contract past that date prolongs his opportunity at the ultimate payday, so that represents a sacrifice on the Captain's part. Just how far is he willing to go?
After the jump, we also get word that one of those comparable negotiations is beginning to drag out, adding further intrigue to this developing situation...
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