February 2, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing Scott Hartnell (19) and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) battle during the 2nd period of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

We say again, "The Future is in the Balance"

Again, Shea Weber has done the fans a favor.

Last summer, the captain called the ownership on the carpet and after a lengthy summer, agreed to the arbitration offer. This summer, he upped the ante by signing an offer sheet with another team that consistently competes. For 14 years and well over $100 million, the services of Shea Weber hang in the balance. The question will come down to how much they can afford to pay the man during the first two years, then… smooth sailing.

There are two ways to look at this:

  1. He really doesn’t want to just leave Nashville unless they aren’t serious about competing. Not paying the best defenseman in the world what he’s worth is a sign that they aren’t serious about competing seeing how they let another prime defender walk for NOTHING. If he just wanted to leave, it would be a one year deal. Which brings me to point number two…
  2. This is the best term he could get. The Flyers are willing to pay anyone with talent. Say what you want about their trades and such, but they pay top-end talent and pay them well. Paul Holmgren and Philly negotiated the terms that Weber would agree to. This is almost a favor, as now Poile and the owners know what it will take to keep the Man in Nashville.

As of this morning, this was released to the media:

From the Nashville Predators and David Poile:

“Nashville, Tenn. (July 19, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile issued the following statement this morning:

“We are in receipt of the offer sheet signed between the Philadelphia Flyers and Shea Weber. Under the rules pertaining to an offer sheet, the Predators have one week to decide whether to match or accept the compensation. We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea. Our ownership has provided us with the necessary resources to build a Stanley Cup-winning team. Due to the complexity of the offer sheet, we will take the appropriate time to review and evaluate it and all of its ramifications in order to make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term.

“We do not anticipate any further comments on this situation until we make our decision within the next seven days.”

(SOURCE: The Predatorial)

The longer this sits in purgatory, the worse it looks. Given what we know about the Parise and Suter talks now, there was enough room for all three here. Now with this news, we hear about due diligence regarding Shea’s contract. I understand, but if this isn’t matched this WILL get ugly. As of May, Nashville had a top 5 team in terms of talent on the ice. If Weber isn’t retained, they’ll be scratching to make the playoffs and receiving 4 mediocre draft picks to show for losing top end talent, again. And frankly, I can’t blame any fan who has had enough.

More on this later.

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