Today was arbitration day for the Predators and Shea Weber. Josh Cooper from the Tennessean has been an all-star with the twitter updates, and the usual suspects in the Predator blogworld have done a great job covering the event as well.
Predators offered $4.75 million.
Weber camp requested $8.5 million.
I imagine that whatever was being discussed prior to the hearing was somewhere in the middle… but those were the numbers that they filed with the arbiter.
The Predators can still work out a deal with the Weber camp before the arbiter rules, or the arbiter will work out a number likely somewhere in between.
Just for kicks….let’s take a look at what other folks are set to make this year.
Preds offer: $4.75 million
Keith Yandle (PHO): $4.75
Dan Hamhuis (Van): $5 million (Yes that’s right. The Preds arbitration offer was less than what Dan Hamhuis is scheduled to make this year.)
37-year old Sergei Gonchar (OTT): $5.5 million
Dion Phaneuf (TOR): $6.5 million
Zdeno Chara (BOS): $8.5 million
Weber request: $8.5 million
Christian Ehrhoff (BUF): Top paid D-man, $10 million
We may never know what the sticking point was in the negotiations leading up to the hearing, but hopefully nothing that came out in the hearing will be taken so personally that there may be a divorce on the horizon. Is that wishful thinking? Maybe.