|Posted on August 4, 2011 at 5:20 PM|
Photo Source: Casey Fleser
Last night, we hockey fanatics learned that Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators requested between $8 and $8.5 million on a one-year term in arbitration, according to various reports that had surfaced.
Today, an arbitrator awarded Shea Weber $7.5 million. This mark makes Weber the most expensive cap-hit amongst defensemen in the entire National Hockey League; and the 10th most expensive asset in terms of cap-hit in all of hockey.
Shea Weber is one of the most dynamic defensemen in the league. Last season wrapped up with Weber in 10th amongst defensemen in scoring (16G, 32A). “The Predators were unable to sign him prior to arbitration, which is particularly puzzling because they were well below the cap floor before the Weber signing.
We're sure he's happy with his new contract but we just hope that the Predators didn't do any damage to their relationship with Weber by putting him through arbitration.” Source: Tim Wharnsby on Twitter
The Nashville Predators tried to low-ball Shea Weber in the arbitration process by offering $4.75 million. I'm hearing that Shea Weber was awarded the highest prize ever through arbitration.
Personally, $7.5 million is too rich for my blood; I can't see paying that to any defenseman in the National Hockey League. Steven Stamkos was just given this amount of money by the Tampa Bay Lightning. I would take Stamkos over Weber any day of the week!
$5.5 to $6.5 million would have been the perfect target range for Shea Weber. I'll say it again, Shea Weber should not be making the same amount of money as Steven Stamkos.