Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Will Shea Weber be as good without his partner in crime next to him?
Would Batman be as effective without Robin? There's no way that Spiderman would be who he is without Gwen Stacy or Mary Jane Watson, right?
Any way it's looked at, having a sidekick elevates a person's performance.
Shea Weber's contract renewal has all of the makings of a bad deal, and it has to do with Ryan Suter's absence.
The Nashville Predators matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet for Weber that the Philadelphia Flyers sent out earlier this summer.
Weber is arguably the best defenseman in the NHL and his contract does everything to suggest that. He can light up both a player and a scoreboard at the highest level, so his signing should be good for the Predators.
The issue comes from Suter's departure and if spending that much money on Weber was really worth it.
Suter didn't garner as much attention from opposing teams, but he still was a playmaker that took some of the weight off of Weber.
Nashville will now have an elite defenseman that everyone will gameplan for. That's both a positive and a negative.
The positive comes from the potential rise in Weber's numbers. There will be more shots on the ice and more opportunities for making plays without Suter's presence. In fact, Weber could have career numbers during his next full season.
The negative comes from what else the Predators can do. They spent an incredible amount of money on one person, and the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) could end up giving the team less money for the future.
This could start a chain reaction of events.
With limited funds, Nashville can't do much with its team but develop its players. Developing young talent can take years—something that Weber doesn't have.
At 27 years old, Weber finds himself in the prime of his career. The time where he should be competing for Stanley Cups.
Not waiting for his team to catch up.
His contract's fine print could come into play here.
Steve Silverman, featured columnist for Bleacher Report, wrote about the possible lack of a no-trade clause in his contract:
"It's possible. According to a report in The Tennessean, the contract that Weber agreed to does not include a no-trade or a no-movement clause.
Beat writer Josh Cooper quoted Weber's agent, Jarrett Bousquet, as saying that the contract has been signed. The new deal would keep the Predators defenseman in Nashville for a full season, but the team could choose to trade him after a full season."
Not having a no-trade clause also means that Weber would have the ability to voice his discontent with the organization if it got to that point.
An inability to bring in quality players could make him want to speak up.
There are just way too many ways for this deal to go badly for both Weber and the Predators.
And yes, in case you were wondering, I did have a solid nerd moment at the top of the slide. It felt like the right thing to do.