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Salary for 2012-13 Season: $14 million
Shea Weber will earn a league-high $14 million next season. That includes $1 million in salary and a $13 million signing bonus. The 14-year contract begins this season, and it was crafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in an attempt to make it too expensive for the small-market Nashville Predators to match as an offer sheet.
If you don't think Weber is worth every single penny to the Predators, read their press release announcing the franchise's decision to match the offer sheet.
Here is one excerpt from the release that talks about the importance or keeping Weber long term:
Most importantly was the reaction to whatever decision the organization reached and the impact it would have on our fans, sponsors and marketing partners. We wanted to insure that our decision reflected not just the feelings of these groups but also conveys a strong message to them that our actions would speak for us and demonstrate our commitment to them. It was absolutely essential that they understand and believe that we are doing everything possible to ice a Stanley Cup competing team each and every season.
After losing Ryan Suter in free agency, Weber had the most value possible to the Predators. As the best defenseman in the league and the team's captain, Weber will fully earn his contract with Nashville by making an impact on the team's on- and off-ice success.