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At least one NHL executive believes Preds will match Weber offer

Jul 24, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

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An unidentified NHL executive tells Sportsnet’s John Shannon that it looks like the Nashville Predators will match Philadelphia’s offer sheet for Shea Weber.

Unless, the executive adds, the Flyers are “prepared to make a great trade.”

Said trade would presumably involve the four first-round picks that would go to Nashville should the Preds decide not to match.

Nashville has until Wednesday night to match the Flyers’ $110 million offer for Weber.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Preds ownership is meeting today to determine the best course of action.

As Weber’s agent, Kevin Epp, points out, Nashville’s multiple-owner structure could be complicating matters.

“There’s a lot of owners who have to get together to make the decision,” Epp told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s not like the Flyers with one owner.”

  1. hockeyfan28 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Gotta love the fact he’s “unidentified”

    • sheckyrimshot - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      probably howson

      • mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM


      • phillyphever - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Comment of the year.

  2. dsd3 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    lol, I’m sure nobody is just leaking this to up the price for Philly …

  3. zaksyuk - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    If nashville does match does weber have to sign with them or does he still get to choose? as far as the compensation i think i get that but im just a tad confused.

    • dsd3 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      He has to play with Nashville if they match.

      • zaksyuk - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        okay ty and thanks for thumbs downing my question everyone !

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      He made his choice, he signed an offer sheet as a RFA. The choice is out of his hands now.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      he is a restricted free agent – all nashville has to do is offer to match it and he cant go to philly. im pretty sure weber can reject the match from nashville but they hold the keys to the car at that point, he cant just leave…he will then go to ufa status after next season and cant be traded either

      • dsd3 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        No, he can’t reject anything. If the Preds match, he plays for them at least for another year until the Preds are allowed to trade him. And that 14 year contract kicks in whether he’s in Philly or Nashville.

      • claysbar - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        He signed the offer sheet for the years and money specified. If Nashville matches, they have him for said contract and money.

  4. sjtorpitt - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    If they match he plays for Nashville bc he accepted the contract

  5. mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    sooooo… NOW they are meeting to determine the best action… rather than what they have been doing everyday since the sheet??

    • tnhockeygal - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      The locals know the owners have been meeting. It’s just the first time it’s been mentioned in the press. If you think that our ownership hasn’t met or talked extensively on this— DUH…?? .

  6. chap6869 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    I’m not going to lose any sleep over it, I said last week when Weber signed the offer sheet that there could be no way that Nashville could let him get away and I still believe that. Who knows, maybe the two teams are still working out a way for Nashville to save face by getting extra players in the deal in place of picks, in less than 24 hours we’ll all know!

    • chadc84 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      The best defencemen in the NHL is worth more than 4 late first rounders, if anything the trade will involve players on top of the 4 picks

      • mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        this makes no sense AT ALL!!!! so after the flyers get weber and give up 4 picks, you think the flyers will trade more players to nashville for nothing????

  7. mikeyhigs - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I just have to think that if the Preds were going to match, they would have by now. The fact that they haven’t makes me think they are discussing different trade scenarios with the Flyers

  8. dkphilly1122 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    The “Unidentified Person” is Poile trying to get his balls back from Homer. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Nashville will be strapped for years if they fork that kinda money over. Just take whatever deal Homer is offering, they’re not bad deals at all. Shea will demand a trade within a few years either way. Why sign a player who obviously wants to wear the Black and Orange in Nashville to a contract they can’t afford longterm anyhow?? Waste of time and money.

  9. bucrightoff - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Nashville has to match. Talk to Shea after you match and if he wants out, at the very least you can get legit prospects back. Four 1st round picks in the mid to late 20’s is a pretty cheap price for arguably the top defensemen in the league.

    • dsd3 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      You can’t match and then trade him after you’ve paid him a huge amount of money in the front-loaded contract (they can’t trade him for a year). So they either match and keep him, or they don’t match.

      • bucrightoff - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        Then wait the year. But I guarentee you 2 of those 4 firsts will end up AHLers and the other two will be marginal NHLers at best. Poille got burned on Scott Stevens, unless ownership chooses not to match, Nashville will match.

      • mattj2524 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        If you wait a year and trade him than you’ve paid him almost 25% of the total value of a 14 year contract in 1 calendar year. He get’s 26+ mil of the 110 mil contract in the first year, so if they match, then wait the year, then trade, while the cap hit remains the same (I think $7.9 a year) the team you’re trading him to should only have to pay him an average of under $6.5 a year for the remaining 13 years. Hence the offer sheet from Holmgren being so heavily front loaded; in essence, he made the decision to match by Nashville (if they match) a long-term committment. Trading after the first year – or ever the first 6 or 7 years of this contract the way it’s laid out – would be a horrible business decision.

      • mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        yup… pay 27 million EVEN IF THERE IS A LOCKOUT for one guy with a 7.8 cap hit and then trade him….. doesnt work that way…. this is why the contract is so smart and hard to match.

  10. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Howson..someone beat me to it

    I think holmgren and poile worked this out prior so poile can save face and say the contract would strap the team financially if they matched. Doesn’t look like the bad guy for trading weber.

    It was reported that Nashville has not talked to weber since he signed. Seems pretty odd. I know he has to play but do you want an unhappy player if that’s going to be the case.

    • jake6881 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      They def worked this out prior to the sheet being signed. Poilie and Homer are very close friends! It is being done in a way to save face for the Preds Franchise. Its 4 first round picks! It is a lot when you get right down to it! I can’t see the preds giving him 26 million in the first full calender year, they can’t do it and pull a profit……unless they up ticket prices and revenue prices on jerseys, etc… If they match they are going to be forced to trade him in a year or so. Why spend the 26 million up front unless you know all the options that may be ahead. I think they would have matched already if they were going to, its just Nashville trying to add value in a trade with leaking info that “unknown sorces” are saying…lol. If the preds traded earlier they could have had S.C. or B.S., now they will get lucky to get Reid and Vorechek.

  11. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I’ve read that Nashville and Philly have had zero contact since the offer, no trades have been discussed at all.

    • mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      you will love this fran… nash matched the offer…..

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        Meh, just confirmation of what I already knew

  12. phgreg - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    The longer it goes the better the chances he ends up in Philly. They must be working out a trade

  13. vshehane - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I really think Poile will trade him if he gets the right players, otherwise, he will be back in Nashville.

  14. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    A report 30 mins ago from The Score, is reporting the Preds plan to match. Canada’s Sportsnet John Shannon is reporting that a NHL exec has told him the Preds are planning to match “unless the Flyers are prepared to make a great trade”

    Last minute posturing?
    Anyways that’s the latest I have heard.

    • somekat - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      that’s the latest you have? Yeah, we all have that, that is the article we just read

  15. zaksyuk - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Imo Weber wanted this contract whether it be in nashville or anywhere else and he wasnt getting it in negotiations due to the uncertainty of this lockout so he went outside nashville to get what he wanted and when Nashville matches its interesting to see where it goes from there for sure.

  16. somekat - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    sounds to me like that is just the start of the quote. The whole thing is “they are going to match…i think they are going to match….i hope they are going to match”

    the “executive” was probably the assistant to the travelling secretary

  17. tnhockeygal - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM


  18. mattj2524 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM


    one of the radio stations here is now reporting that the offer sheet has indeed been matched. Weber stays in Nashville.

  19. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    ^^^^^awesomer is now posting as girls

    I bet he does a better job now

  20. hines86for6 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM


    Cigarran just sent an email to season ticket holders saying the Preds are matching.

    suck it, philly!

    • chap6869 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Wow Hines, you act as if your team has had some great off-season so far, hahahahaha SUCK IT Pens fans!

  21. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM



  22. ray2013 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Bob McKenzie reported they matched. The top d-man in the league locked up for the next fourteen years for Nashville. Of course they were going to match.

    And after few years, if teams want to trade for him, they’ll have to make a real offer, not broken down players or less than elite prospects.

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