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April 14, 2014 | 7:10pm ET
Predators won't trade Weber
TheFourthPeriod.com

Despite reports last week suggesting the Predators might consider moving captain Shea Weber for financial reasons, GM David Poile slammed the door on that possibility.

Weber, 28, is in the second-year of a 14-year, $110 million contract he originally signed as a restricted free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers, a deal Nashville matched.

Last week, TFP was among those who reported that Predators ownership was concerned with the bonus payments structured in Weber's contract, prompting speculation that they might consider moving him.

"Shea Weber will definitively be here next season," Poile said, which should put an end to the rumors suggesting otherwise.

Weber is due $13 million July 1 with the balance the remaining $1 million owed to him spread out over the course of the season.

This trend continues in 2015-16, and for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, he'll be due $8 million right off the bat, with $4 million spread out over the season. His salary then dips from there until his contract expires after the 2025-26 campaign.

Meanwhile, it is already being suggested that former Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette could be replace Barry Trotz as the club's next bench boss.

The Predators announced earlier today that Trotz would not be returning as coach for a 16th season.


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