By all indications, everything should have been all set between top flight defenseman Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators. After all, the Preds decided to match the 14 year/$110 million offer that Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.
But as it turns out, all is not well between Weber and the Predators.
It seems that while the long term deal worth ridiculous amounts of money is nice, but Weber wants a little more added into the contract.
Not financially, mind you. But in terms more of location.
Weber wants a no-trade/no-movement clause added into his new contract. He has made it public knowledge to the team and everyone else that he may not be quite as happy if he does not receive the addendum to his massive contract. But while the two sides have reportedly discussed the possibility, nothing has been worked out as of yet.
“We’ve discussed it,” Predators GM David Poile said, “but we have not resolved that yet.”
Nashville has to be at least taken aback a bit by this request by Weber. After all, it was the Predators who elected to match the offer sheet Weber signed with the Flyers. Clearly, they want him around and intend for him to be a major part of the future plans of the franchise.
In the end, I expect the team to give Weber his no-trade clause. But ultimately, I’m not sure what kind of message that Weber send to the team by demanding this now.
Talk about a show of good faith from both sides not exactly being demonstrated.