Weber is the Right Choice
Posted By: Aaron Sims
The Nashville Predators nailed it when Shea Weber was introduced as the team’s fifth captain last night. Weber became the first Predators draft pick to be so honored.
Weber has been a winner everywhere he’s been. Memorial Cup in juniors, runner-up finish in Calder Cup playoffs with Milwaukee in 2006 and a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics stand as highlights. In his four full seasons with Nashville, the Preds have a .593 winning percentage. Of course, Nashville needs to make it to the second round of the playoffs.
I remember when Weber first got recalled to Nashville. The Admirals were in Cleveland to play the Barons. We had just gotten off the plane and were heading to the hotel for the team meal. Coach Claude Noel
informed Shea what happened. I interviewed Shea at the dining room of the hotel and he was very cool, very humble about what had happened. He wasn’t anxious or over-the-top-giddy. It’s the same attitude and qualities that will continue to allow Weber to be a wonderful leader.
I find it, well, not ironic, but interesting, that I’m writing about a guy that we believe will resign with Nashville after this year (because he accepted the captaincy) and the story that came to mind took place in a town that feels betrayed by LeBron James
. Weber has a year left on his contract. Nashville needs to keep him. Shea accepting the ‘C’ seems to indicate both sides feel that way.
Nashville forward Joel Ward
has been tutoring players at the Predators development camp on how to fend off defenders and control the puck along the boards.
The AHL extended the contract of President Dave Andrew through June 2015.
Former UW star Robbie Earl
has signed a one-year, two-way deal to remain with the Minnesota Wild. Earl lives in Madison during the offseason.