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Predators defenceman Shea Weber receives US$7.5-million award in arbitration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A salary arbitrator has made Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber the NHL's highest-paid blue-liner.

Weber received a US$7.5-million, one-year award on Wednesday.

The decision came one day after the Predators captain went through team-elected arbitration.

It's the highest award ever granted and puts Weber ahead of Florida Panthers defenceman Brian Campbell and his $7.14-million cap hit.

Weber had 48 points (16-32) in 82 games last season and was a finalist for the Norris Trophy.