It was an option he hoped that he wouldn't have to consider. Even as the Ryan Suter negotiations dragged into the week, Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber remained hopeful that a deal would get done to keep his defensive partner in Nashville.
That didn't happen. The Minnesota Wild signed Suter to a 13-year deal worth $98 million, leaving Weber and the rest of his former teammates behind in Nashville to consider what's next.
For Weber, it'll be the first time he's seriously had to weigh his future without Suter.
"I don't think there's ever been a time where he said 'If Scenario A happens, we're going to Scenario B," said one NHL source close to Weber. "I don't think he's ever said 'If Suter's leaving, I'm leaving.'"
Weber's been consistent in his approach to this situation: Let's let this play out.
Well, it has played out.
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