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Shea Weber Offer Sheet: Nashville Matches 14-Year Offer Sheet By Flyers; Retains Weber

 

The Nashville Predators were not bluffing when they said they would match any offer sheet offered to their star defenseman and captain Shea Weber.

Following through on a promise, the Predators matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet Weber signed last Wednesday with the Flyers according to the Predator’s website. It is the largest contract in their franchise history.

Per the Predator’s press release:

As the organization analyzed the overall situation and worked toward a conclusion, the decision boiled down to three questions:

   - Was Shea Weber the individual that this franchise wanted to lead our team, a team that would compete for the Stanley Cup every year, for the next 14 years?

    - Would matching the offer sheet be in the best long-term interest of the team and organization?

    - Would a decision not to match the offer sheet send a negative message to current Predators players and other NHL organizations, a message that the Predators would only go so far to protect its best players and be pushed around by teams with "deep pockets?"

The answer to each of the above questions is clearly “yes.” 

The Flyers Twitter account released a statement from their general manager Paul Holmgren:

"In tendering an offer sheet to Shea Weber, we were trying to add a top defenseman entering the prime of his career with Nashville matching our offer, we wish Shea and the Predators all the best.”

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John Russo writes for and operates "Team to Beat" and you can follow him on Twitter (@Roose_TTB).

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