I'd imagine he is looking for a 2-3 year deal so that he can see the steps the organization is taking to improve and become a legitimate Cup favorite. He doesn't want to get locked into a contract that will leave him as a veteran hoping to be dealt to a contender at the deadline. I can't blame him.
It's Andy Strickland, one of the most reputable hockey journalists on the planet.
I don't know how he would know anything such as this because only the player, his agent and the front office would be involved with negotiations. The Preds don't negotiate through the media, Weber doesn't say jack which leaves the agent whom I suppose could be posturing. I'm not sure what advantage any of the parties involved with negotiating a deal would gain by revealing this info to Strickland, unless it were to get teams interested in trading for Weber. Other than that that, I'm not really sure what to think.