Shea Weber had his arbitration hearing last week. Reports are Weber's agent brought the number $8.5 million to the table and the Predators brought $4.75. Arbitrator awarded Weber 1 year at $7.5 mil. and since it was team elected arbitration, The Predators had to accept and their All Star defenseman and captain will be in Nashville for another year. It may lead to problems down the road. It's clear that he's one of the best defenseman in the game. The $4.75 mil offer was a clear cut attempt at low balling. That offer would've made him the 26th highest paid defenseman. there's no way Weber could be happy with that. Other top notch defender Ryan Suter will be an unrestricted free agent after this year as well as goaltender Pekka Rinne. Should be tough to re-sign all 3 and have the rest of the roster to worry about. I'm sure David Poile's phone will be ringing.
In a similar deal, Zach Parise agreed to a 1 yr $6 mil deal with the Devils, 4 days before his arbitration hearing. Strange because the hearing would've given the same 1 year at around the same number, at the end of which, he'll become an unrestricted free agent. Parise missed most of the season with an injury but should he return to his usual form, teams will be lining up not only next summer, but probably around the trade deadline forcing the Devils hand. Lou Lamoriello said an extension isn't out of the question, but can not offer one until January 1st according to the CBA.
In other news, The Islanders Blake Comeau avoided arbitration by signing a 1 year, $2.5 mil contract. Comeau had 24 goals and 22 assists last season, not bad for a guy who played on the 3rd line most of the year.
All Star Defenseman Brent Burns sign a 5 yr $28.8 mil contract extension with the San Jose Sharks. 2 days later, the Sharks signed Colin White to a 1yr $1 mil deal. The Sharks rounded out the week on Sunday by acquiring center and former 2006 1st round pick (9th overall) James Sheppard for a 3rd round pick in 2013. Sheppards numbers with the Wild have been disappointing, scoring only 11 goals and totaling 38 assists in 224 games, while going -28.
The Blackhawks signed Patrick Sharp to a 5 year extension with an average cap hit of $5.9 mil a year. Sharp led the team in goals with 34 and had a career high 71 points in 74 games last year.
And the Anaheim Ducks locked up Head Coach Randy Carlyle for 3 years. Carlyle was hired in 2005 and has led the Ducks to the playoffs in 5 out of 6 seasons and its first Stanley Cup in 2007.
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