When Shea Weber signed Philadelphia’s offer sheet it should not have been seen as a referendum on whether he wanted to stay in Nashville. The timing of his RFA status was unique since the expiration of the CBA shrouded his potential contract next summer in mystery. It was purely a business decision that will maximize his earnings. Only he knows how hard he worked to get to this point. Once he signed the offer sheet he guaranteed financial security for the rest of his life. It would have been foolish not to sign it. Does it matter if twenty-six million dollars comes with hot fried chicken or cheese steak sandwiches ?
There is a disconnect between fans and the players. Fans expect players to have the same love for the city they play in because we don’t process hobbies with the cold, rational part of our minds. Fans consume sports with our discretionary income and free time. Its a hobby. We love our teams. Being fully emotionally invested in a team is the only way to truly enjoy sports. There is a point in every fan’s life where some mildly traumatic event lowers your investment in the sport. Luckily, Nashville matched the offer sheet and this will not be that event for Predators fans. Joe Sakic and Sergei Fedorov signed offer sheets that were matched by their respective teams and continued to perform at a high level and maintain fan favorite status in their markets. Predators fans hope that Weber will walk a similar path.