With the start of free agency less than a week away, one superstar player that hasn't been in the news a whole lot is Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber.
There are two reasonable explanations for this, one is because he's a restricted free agent, and the other is that superstar teammate Ryan Suter is the best unrestricted free agent blueliner of the summer.
#Flyers most likely will not make offer sheet to RFA Shea Weber, I'm told.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) June 22, 2012
Since Suter will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 if he's not signed before then, teams seem to be paying more attention to him than Weber.
The popular opinion is that Suter and Weber's fates are linked. If one leaves the Predators in the summer, it's tough to imagine the other staying long-term. The likely scenario is that the two either stay together or find different teams.
Shea Weber says he is giving Ryan Suter his space, but he of course wants to play with Suter for the rest of his career.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) June 19, 2012
It's unrealistic for the two defensemen to think they will keep playing with each other unless they re-sign with Nashville, which is certainly a possibility.
If Suter does sign with another team in free agency, however, expect the teams that missed out on Suter to step up their pursuit of Weber. With teams knowing that Weber will likely leave if Suter does, he could become the most sought after RFA ever.
Weber is not earning a lot of attention as an RFA right now, but all that can change very quickly depending on what Suter chooses do in free agency. Not only are their futures on the line, so is the long-term future of the Nashville Predators organization.