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Report: Philadelphia, Shea Weber agree on a 14-year offer sheet

Jul 19, 2012, 1:21 AM EDT

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Nashville Predators had been talking to multiple teams including the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, and the Philadelphia Flyers about the possibility of trading restricted free agent Shea Weber. However, it seems the Flyers got tired of waiting.

Philly wants Weber, and apparently Weber wouldn’t mind wearing a Flyers uniform. Dreger is reporting that Philadelphia and the All-Star defenseman have agreed to a 14-year deal upwards of $100 million.

Before Flyers fans take to the streets in celebration, keep in mind that there’s one very big sticking point: the Nashville Predators will have a week to match this offer. If they choose to let him go, the Flyers will be forced to compensate Nashville with draft picks.

As we previously mentioned, Predators GM David Poile and the team’s ownership would be in for a huge backlash from the fans if they allowed Weber to walk, especially after their inability to re-sign Ryan Suter earlier this month.

On top of that, the Nashville Predators are currently $13,345,833 million under the salary floor with 18 players penciled in for their 2012-13 roster, according to Cap Geek. So not only do they have the space to afford this massive contract, they actually kind of need it just to get closer to the floor.

In some ways, this might turn out to be the Flyers handing the Predators the mother of all gifts. All Nashville has to do is match it and it’ll get him for the rest of his career.

That being said, maybe they’ll decide that this contract is too rich for them, even after factoring in their salary floor concerns. One consideration is that the contract is believed to be heavily frontloaded. If Nashville accepts the deal, they could have to pay Weber $26 million over the course of a single calender year.

One way or another, we’ll find out soon enough.

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  1. tfaltin - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Wow the Flyers always make things interesting. I think Holmgren did David Poile a HUGE favor with this offer though. I completely expect Poile to match the offer, but Holmgren did a great job trying to scare Poile and his smaller market club away from the contract though signing bonuses and front loading on the deal. Now Poile just needs to match, and he will not ever have to go through the UFA drama that he went through with Ryan Suter. That has to be appealing for him. He can lock up Weber and have a perrenial Norris finalist and a star net minder to anchor his team for many years to come.

    I like the move from Weber’s perspective too. Either he goes to Philly for a huge deal for a great team, or he can continue being the heart of the Predators. And again, he’ll never have to go through the UFA scenario and be faced with that decision. (He also doesn’t risk getting hurt next year and compromising a big deal in the future) Signing this offer sheet really expedited any free agency process.

    • 28giroux28 - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      I don’t know about expecting Poile to match. The fact that Weber went and signed this deal with another team leads me to believe that Nashville has yet to give him this type of deal, and may not be willing to. But a great move by Holmgren.

      Best-case scenario: We get Shea Weber.

      Worst-case scenario: Weber is a Predator for life, and no rival teams (Pens, Rangers, etc.) can acquire him without surrendering their own assets in a trade. Win-win for Philly.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        Win Win?

        Except for the fact that they could have waited 11 months and got him without the threat of the Preds matching.

        So if the Preds match and Philly loses him, they lost him because of impatience.

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