NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An arbitrator has awarded Predators defenseman Shea Weber $7.5 million for the upcoming season.

The Predators chose to take the Norris Trophy finalist and team captain to arbitration, and the arbitrator heard arguments Tuesday in a hearing in Toronto. The Predators argued that Weber was due $4.75 million, while Weber's agents countered with $8.5 million.

The arbitrator issued his ruling Wednesday, making Weber the fifth-highest paid defenseman in the NHL.

The Predators had no immediate comment but scheduled a conference call with general manager David Poile.

Weber will be a restricted free agent after the 2011-12 season. He had 48 points in 82 games last season in helping Nashville reach the Western Conference semifinals for the first time.