Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Nashville Predators have filed for arbitration with Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber. This should be a big relief for nervous Preds fans that were worried about losing the captain for next year as it insures that another team cannot file an offer sheet.
If it proceeds to arbitration which would not be before July 20, it could be for a one or two year term. If a hearing is actually held, the team could reject the award but it is unlikely that it would come to that a Weber's preference appears to be to stay in Nashville.
This basically takes the pressure off both sides to get something done immediately. It is expected that the two sides will work out a longer term deal before it comes to an actual hearing.
Josh Cooper has a statement from David Poile regarding the arbitration filing as well as Weber's sudden change in agents.
Update (11:17 Sat) from @TSNRyanRishaug: Preds and Webers agent Jarrett bousquet done talking for now, will resume negotiations at the draft and the nhl awards.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass