The message from both Nashville Predators management and from captain Shea Weber himself struck the same theme and seemed sincere: All is well that ends well.
Never mind the acrimony that emanated from Weber's camp from the time he signed a 14-year, $110-million offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers until Tuesday afternoon – roughly 33 hours before the Predators' deadline to match the deal or let Weber go – when Nashville finally announced it would match the deal. During that span, one of Weber's representatives said more than once that the player wanted to be a Flyer. Yet on Wednesday, Weber and Preds management let it be known that those words were simply business and not much else.
Last year when Weber was awarded a one-year, $7.5-million contract through arbitration, the conference call that ensued with general manager David Poile and Weber seemed awkward at best. And when All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter departed via free agency to sign with Minnesota on July 4, Poile's anger was palpable in a conference call in both his words and his tone.
Not so on Wednesday. On a televised press conference, Poile appeared calm in saying, effectively, that the process was "just business."
Tension between Preds, Weber 'just business'
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