#3: Preds ownership group puts their money where their mouth is
Before July 1, the ownership group went on record saying they would match any offer for Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber. On July 24, they kept their word.
When Weber signed a 14-year, $110 million deal with Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 18, he was basically saying, “I will be a Flyer for the rest of my career, or I will be a Predator.” Because he was a restricted free agent, it was up to Nashville to determine which it would be.
The Sicamous, British Columbia native is a three-time NHL All-Star, he’s missed out on the past two Norris Trophies (given annually to the league’s best defenseman) by the narrowest of margins, he’s a newly emerging face of the league and he’s scored more goals in the past seven seasons (99) than any other defenseman in the NHL over that span. Furthermore, to Nashville, he’s their captain, their plus/minus leader (plus-21), their power play quarterback, their leading power play goal sco...