Nashville captain Shea Weber says he has no idea what his defensive partner, Ryan Suter, will do on July 1 when the latter is expected to become an unrestricted free agent.
“People are curious and a lot of people know we’ve come up together and we know each other very well,” Weber told NHL.com in Las Vegas ahead of Wednesday’s NHL Awards Show. “They’re trying to get any inside scoop that they can and, believe me, that’s the last thing that I’ve got. It’s just about being a good friend to him and his family, and however it shakes out that’s the way it goes.”
Weber’s future is equally uncertain. The Norris Trophy finalist is a restricted free agent that can become unrestricted next summer. He has the option to take the Predators to player-elected arbitration; however, that could mean another contentious hearing like the one that occurred last summer when the club suggested a $4.75 million salary and Weber’s camp proposed $8.5 million.
The arbitrator eventually gave awarded a one-year, $7.5 million contract, but not before Weber got to hear all the club’s reasons he wasn’t worth the money an elite NHL defenseman typically gets.
“We went through a lot last year, it was a tough summer,” he said. “I think we’ve learned from that and both sides understand where we have to go and what we need to do from here.”