Living an hour from Nashville, it really SUCKS to see the hearts of the fans being torn out by their best players. I think most everyone expected the Suter was going to leave, but this just stinks from Weber. This reminds me of the Rob Blake take the money and run situation.
Weber just screwed Nashville no matter how anyone looks at it. The lose him, and they possibly get 4 LATE 1st round picks and years of developing potential talent. They sign him and you have a player who is locked into a 14yr contract that obviously does NOT want to be in Nashville, and ties their hands when he demands a trade in a year. The league should be able to step in and veto this contract on the grounds of pure idiocy.
I am by no means a fan of the Preds, but I am a fan of Hockey, and this fan base here in Tennessee is rabid for their Preds, they are actually VERY good fans here. Truth be told, they are light years ahead of any and all Ducks fans, having been to the home barn many times for both those teams. It is a small market team that needs to be able to compete in order to not bore the fans of hockey as a whole. This 14 year contract stuff is ridiculous, and I feel like it is BAD for the overall game of hockey, not just the teams involved.