In this series I will take a look at the Nashville Predators Roster. Let’s start with the Captain.
- Ranked fourth on the franchise’s all-time points list, and fifth in assists. Has a franchise-best 49 power-play goals.
- July 24,2013 Nashville match a 14 year $110 million offer sheet to keep Weber
- 1st year as a Predator was in 2005. Weber played in 28 games and had 10 pts. He was a + 8 on the year
- Weber has been in Nashville for 8 years. His regular season numbers are (+42, 291 points, 417 penalty minutes)
- Shea has had 5 40+ point seasons
- Nashville has been in the playoffs 6 times with Weber on their roster. Shea has played in 43 games, has 20 pts. and is a -2 .
- September 10, 2004 – Signed a three-year, $1.425-million entry level contract with the Nashville Predators
- June 23, 2008 – Signed a 3-year, $13.5-million contract extension with the Nashville Predators
- August 3, 2011 – Awarded 1-year, $7.5-million contract through team-elected arbitration.
- July 19, 2012 – Signed a 14-year, $110-million offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers (matched by the Predators five days later)
It is un likely that Weber will play out the rest of his 14 year contract with the Predators. It is also just as unlikely that any player will live up to a $110 million contract. However, I don’t think Weber needs to put up 45 points a year for him to be a star player for Nashville. All he needs to do is his job. As I see it Weber’s job is to keep people honest, and not let other teams take advantage of Nashville’s youth. The addition of Seth Jones to the roster; will force Weber to balance his on the ice play with mentoring a future star. His job will be harder than this past season. It will be equally important for Weber to keep his play up, and help Jones find his NHL feet. If Shea can find the balance needed the Predators have a look at the playoffs next season.