Shea Weber Offer Sheet: Nashville Predators Debate Ability To Match, According To Report
According to a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger, it is expected that more meetings will take place between Nashville Predators owners as they decide whether or not to match Shea Weber’s offer sheet. The organization has until 11:30pm EST on Wednesday to make their decision.
Dreger reports that many around the NHL don’t believe the team will be able to match the Philadelphia Flyers’ offer of $110 million for 14 years. Nashville would have to pay Weber $27 million in the first year alone if they were to match.
There is a lot of talk about the Predators organization not having the necessary funds that they need in order to match the offer sheet. It is important to remember, however, that the team did offer Ryan Suter a $90 million contract and planned to offer the same to Zach Parise, all with Weber waiting in the wings.
If the Predators choose not to match the offer sheet, they will receive four first-round draft picks from the Flyers. However, Dreger reported that the Flyers are willing to negotiate a trade for those draft picks if Nashville does not match.
It will certainly be an interesting next two days for both the Flyers, the Predators, and the hockey world as a whole as Nashville’s decision is awaited.