Shea Weber Offer Sheet: Nashville Knew About Sheet; Asked For Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier & Additional Piece
As the information comes out through the course of the day, the situation surrounding the Philadelphia Flyers offer sheet to restricted free agent Shea Weber becomes more clear.
On Thursday afternoon, TSN insider Darren Dreger reported that the Nashville Predators were aware of the offer sheet on Wednesday morning and that trade talks consumed much of the day.
At this time, it’s unclear as to whether those trade talks were exclusively with the Flyers or with the other reported teams interested in Weber’s services (the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks were mentioned by name).
According to Dreger, the Predators asked for Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn and an additional piece in the proposed trade talks, which clearly the Flyers rejected.
Some believe that the Flyers and Predators may work out a deal outside of the offer sheet, but nothing at this time has surfaced proving that that will happen.
Nashville released a statement on Thursday explaining that the team needed time to decide if they would match the sheet, which was a step back from the assertion a few weeks ago that they would match any offer.
They will have seven days to make a decision.
In addition, Weber released a statement through his agent explaining why he decided to sign the 14-year, $110 million offer by the Flyers, citing his desire to sign a long-term contract under the current collective bargaining agreement.
Via the Tennessean:
“When Philadelphia came to us with a more than fair market contract, it was too good for us to pass up,” said Weber's agent, Jarrett Bousquet of Titan Sports. “If you look at Philadelphia and the great history and tradition they have it just seemed like too good of an opportunity to let pass.
“We had to take a long look at it. It was a hard decision, but Shea wants to give himself the best opportunity to win, as well as work under the conditions of the current collective bargaining agreement.”
It is believed that when the current collective bargaining agreement expires on Sept. 15, that contract limits will be written into the new CBA to stop teams from giving out long-term contracts that exceed five-years.
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