Thread: Player Discussion: Shea Weber
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08-31-2011, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by David Singleton View Post
Here's the problem.

The ownership and management have come out and repeatedly said the "small market mentality is over in Nashville" and the "goal is not to just make the playoffs, but to bring the Cup to Nashville".

That could be the biggest load of marketing guff in the world and it wouldn't matter.

Fans have always had the right to complain. The ownership and management have now given them justification.

Much like you, I understand some of Poile's moves (even if I don't necessarily agree with all of them, for what little that's worth)- and it doesn't matter.

I can't blame a fan or player now for calling the bluff that's been put out there. The Predators have made that bed with both and they are now being forced to sleep in it.

Right now, they are still living on the high from last season. If things don't go well this season, the market will right itself soon and will catch up to the team.
The owners have always been careful to hedge their increased spending statements with the need for increased attendance. Once the team adds its 6th healthy d-man, we're at last years cap total. Call up a few players, and the team needs players to miss bonuses to stay near last year's cap hit. Add a $4mil player and the team spends well over last year, even if that addition is at the deadline.

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