It’s a question that may never go away as long as Shea Weber is playing for the Nashville Predators. And it’s a question that was asked today as the team met with the media for the final time before the off-season begins.
“Are you committed to staying in Nashville?” Weber was asked.
The combination of the Predators’ disappointing season that resulted in a 27th-place finish and a mid-season trade request from veteran forward Martin Erat led to more speculation outside of Nashville that Weber may become unhappy with the organization and the direction it’s headed in.
So when he was asked that question, Weber said without hesitation, “For sure, yeah. Definitely. I’m committed to everything here – the team, coaching staff and my teammates. I’m committed to being better for them next year and getting back to the postseason.”
By the time he was done speaking to the media, Weber left no doubt that he is fully committed to the Predators.
“I know that I’m going to be here and I’m excited about that. Obviously the direction we’re headed in with the young guys and guys coming back next year, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said.
The summer of 2011 featured arbitration between Weber and the Predators; last July was the offer sheet ordeal with Philadelphia when Weber signed a 14-year, $110 million contract that was matched by the Predators. So this summer will be the first off-season since 2010 without any contract distractions for Weber.
“I think we have 14 years of that not to worry about,” he said with a smile. “It’s finally something to not have to stress about, so that’s nice.”
Predators GM David Poile also said adamantly that he has no plans of trading the face of the franchise.
“I’m not trading Shea,” he said.