Why on Earth would the Predators give Shea Weber a no-trade clause? Wednesday's notes

May 7, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) in game five of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes beat the Predators 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Buried at the bottom of yesterday's blog entry about the Preds' supposedly being on Shane Doan's "short list" (David has more on that here), Josh Cooper provides a bit of an update on the talks between the Predators and Shea Weber's agents about adding a no-trade clause to the gargantuan contract which the team agreed to match. I can't pull up the article right now, but it basically said the two sides are still talking.

Why?

I can't think of one good reason why the Nashville Predators should agree to give Weber a no-trade clause.

Just as Weber said in his conference call after the Preds announced their intention to match, "it's just business". The team has absolutely nothing to gain by giving Weber that clause, and he has nothing to offer in exchange. Thanks to Philadelphia's offer sheet, the financial terms of this contract are already set. If Weber doesn't like the fact that he doesn't have a no-trade clause while other superstars do, well, he has 110 million ways to get over that.

I'm surprised this issue has played out as long as it has, actually. All the CBA has to say on the subject is that when a team matches an offer sheet, they "shall be deemed to have entered into a binding agreement, which they shall promptly formalize in an SPC" (standard player contract). It's been over two weeks now, and still the deal has yet to be cemented.

Why the delay, Shea?

Ponder what's going on here while reading your morning hockey notes...

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