Big pay day coming for Weber

Predators defenceman Shea Weber hits Canucks forward Chris Higgins at Rogers Arena in Vancouver,...

Predators defenceman Shea Weber hits Canucks forward Chris Higgins at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., May 07, 2011. (RICH LAM/Getty Images/AFP)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 PM ET

TORONTO - Various media reports say there was a wide gap in salary proposals submitted during Tuesday’s arbitration hearing for Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber.

Weber asked for around $8 million in a one-year deal, the team countered with $4.75 million. The arbitrator has 48 hours to come up with a ruling, which is expected to be in the $6 million to $7 million range.

Unlike some other arbitrations, the Preds can’t walk away from the decision because they initiated the proceedings. But losing their captain and Norris Trophy finalist without a long-term deal, with the frugal team already shy of stars, could harm the team’s future as a contender.


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