May 7, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) looks to pass the puck during the first period in game five of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Preds Match Weber Offer Sheet; No Time To Panic, But Flyers Options Dwindling

Shea Weber will not be a Flyer next year as the Predators elected to match the $110 million offer made by the Flyers to the restricted free agent.

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Predators Match Flyers Offer, Shea Weber To Stay In Nashville

The Philadelphia Flyers pushed all their Shea Weber chips into the middle of the NHL free agency pot. Unfortunately for Broard Street hockey fans, the Nashville Predators called their team's bluff Tuesday, as the Preds decided to match Philly's 14-year, $110 million contract to the defenseman.

The Predators decision comes more than 24 hours before Wednesday's deadline, which would have been the deciding factor on whether Weber was going to be a Flyer or not. Instead, Nashville decided to bring back Weber and make the biggest investment in franchise history.

"The decision to enter into the largest contract in franchise history was made by all parts of the organization, including ownership, hockey operations and business operations," reads Nashville's official website.

According to Nashville, there were three reasons why it matched the offer: 1) They wanted Weber to be the leader of the franchise for the long-term future; 2) the investment in Weber was a good one; 3) not signing Weber would send a bad message to the franchise's fans and players.

Read more about the Flyers at Broadway Street Hockey and SB Nation Philly. For additional news, notes and analysis on the NHL and headlines around the league, be sure to check out our dedicated NHL hub page.

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Shea Weber Trade Rumors: Flyers, Predators Have Not Had Trade Talks -- Report

With $110 million dollars and the future of two NFL franchises at stake, one would think trade talks between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Nashville Predators for defeseman Shea Weber were happening. However, as two sources have told Philly.com's Sam Carchidi, that hasn't been the case, as nothing was discussed Tuesday.

That would seem to suggest that Nashville plans to match the Flyers' offer. Either that, or the Predators are delaying trade talks because they are trying to get the Flyers to call with a sweet proposal.

If your unfamiliar about what's going, the Predators have until 11:36 p.m. ET Wednesday to decided if they want to match the 14-year, $110 million offer from the Flyers. If they do, they keep Weber. If they don't, they get four first-round draft picks from Philly -- NHL first-round draft picks are not as valuable as lets say NFL first rounders are.

There was the possibility that the Predators could work out an agreement where they promised to not match the offer and would then trade back the Flyers picks to them in return for a player or players.

Read more about the Flyers at Broadway Street Hockey and SB Nation Philly. For additional news, notes and analysis on the NHL and headlines around the league, be sure to check out our dedicated NHL hub page.



Read more about the Flyers at Broadway Street Hockey and SB Nation Philly. For additional news, notes and analysis on the NHL and headlines around the league, be sure to check out our dedicated NHL hub page.
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Shea Weber Contract: Nashville GM Poile Releases Statement

Early this morning (or late last night) The new broke that Philadelphia Flyers extended restricted free agent defenseman Shea Weber a staggering 14 year, $110 million contract. The move means that his current team, the Nashville Predators, have 7 days to match it.

President & GM David Poile released the following statement just minutes ago in response to the Flyers offer.

"We are in receipt of the offer sheet signed between the Philadelphia Flyers and Shea Weber. Under the rules pertaining to an offer sheet, the Predators have one week to decide whether to match or accept the compensation. We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea. Our ownership has provided us with the necessary resources to build a Stanley Cup-winning team. Due to the complexity of the offer sheet, we will take the appropriate time to review and evaluate it and all of its ramifications in order to make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term.

"We do not anticipate any further comments on this situation until we make our decision within the next seven days."

Obviously there’s nothing really firm either way there. Previously, Poile has indicated that the team would match any offer sheet to Weber. While that may ultimately be the case, clearly the massive offer from the Flyers has the team having at least a few second thoughts.


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