Rumor has it that the Preds and Shea Weber are still far apart on a contract, so I wouldn't be surprised if he goes to arbitration. Recently becoming a Norris finalist and having one of the most ferocious and fairly accurate slapshots in the nhl, while being one of the best 2-way d-men in the nhl, a giant physical force, team-1st player, a captain, and one of the best d-men in the nhl, he is do for a raise from his $5mil/yr past contract.
Just for some cap numbers, right now there are 8 d-men in the nhl making $6mil-$7.2mil/yr in cap hits, 19 d-men making $5mil/yr+ in cap hits, and 40 d-men making $5mil/yr+ in cap hits. Salaries wise, there are 13 d-mem making $6mil-$10mil(ehrhoff, lol) this year, 25 making $5mil+ this year, and 45 d-men making $4mil+ this year. Obviously, top 10 d-men are marketing for, but this is a bit different because Weber is a RFA, so take these numbers with a grain of salt. But a fair market value for Weber given recent contracts would make Weber easily "worth" $6.5mil+ in today's market, especially given his age and intangibles.
Now on to 25year old Weber's numbers this past year, very impressive across the board:
-10th among points for d-men with 48pts(in a defense heavy system)
-4th among goals for d-men with 16goals (in a defense heavy system)
-9th among PPgoals for d-men with 6PPgoals
-3rd among SHgoals for d-men with 1SHgoal
-6th among GWgoals for d-men with 3GWgoals
-7th among ESpts for d-men with 30ESPpts
-8th among TOI for d-men with 25:19/gm
-6th among hits for d-men with 211hits
-84th among blocked shots for d-men with 113bs
-2nd among takewaways for d-men with 62
-26th among PPtoi for d-men with 3:38/gm
-4th among weight for d-men that play 20min/gm+ at 234lbs :)
What do you guys think Shea Weber will get for a 1yr deal if he goest to arbitration?