It's not as if it's a mystery where Shea Weber fits in the giant NHL salary puzzle.

Dion Phaneuf makes $6.5 million per (all figures U.S.), and Weber is a superior player from the same 2003 NHL draft class. The same goes for Weber as compared to Brent Burns, and Burns signed a five-year, $28.5 million contract (cap hit $5.76 million) with the San Jose Sharks on Monday, eight years after being the 20th pick in that '03 draft.

So we know the floor here for Weber's services has to be $6.5 million, and the ceiling around $7.5-8 million. That may be where an arbitrator places Weber if his case, arguably the most anticipated contract haggle of the NHL summer, goes forward Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. in Toronto.