But it's not about the money, or Poile's wanting to sign them. It's entirely about Suter and Weber wanting to stay and believing they can win here. Poile has done everything he possibly can on his end, it's just about Suter and Weber now.
The issue is that much of the team's current ability to win or lose rests with how well they perform. It's becoming a circular situation ... they play poorly and the team loses which could reinforce any inclination to think the team isn't built to win. IF they step up their play and the team performs for 60minutes every night, this team becomes very dangerous come April.
Poile has done everything he possibly can on his end, it's just about Suter and Weber now.
That's opinion / speculation.
He's barley attempted over the last 4 years to bring in a 1st line talent. OK, he "tried" on Kessel.
Yes, we gave up a lot for a "cup run" to get Gill, Guastad, AK. They were tradable pieces on bad teams. It shows some commitment and desperation at the same time.
Speculation-- we had a window to sign Weber with his old agent when he was named captain (Weber said he wanted to work something out), but Poile rested on his laurels. "We'll talk when we're in the same city" "Call me old-fashion, but I prefer face-to-face meetings".
Honestly, if it was a given that Suter is out of here, he should have traded him in offseason when we could've gotten a king's ransom for him and signed a FA to somewhat replace him. It's Hamhuis all over again, but the opportunity cost is much higher.
You can speculate that Poile has done all he can possibly do, but it's just pure speculation and opinion.