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Whether or not Shea Weber returns to the Predators for a long term remains to be seen. It's likely that he'll at least stay in Nashville for another year, as he still has one year before becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Regardless, it's vital that Nashville tries to lock Weber down for a nice, long term with the team. With Ryan Suter's future in Nashville in doubt, the Predators need to make sure they lock down the other half of their defensive force.
Both are stellar defenders, but Shea Weber seems to be the better of the two. He's on pace for another Norris-worthy season, with 40 points in 60 games so far.
Both Weber and Suter told Nashville management that they wanted to see more of an effort to boost the team's offensive talent and try to win a Cup.
At the deadline, David Poille made moves for both Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad. Both moves are impressive, but with both players hitting free agency at the end of the season, it's incredibly risky.
If both players walk, Suter may walk, and Nashville would also be out of everything they used to trade for Kostitsyn and Gaustad.
That wouldn't do much to encourage Weber to stay.