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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.”

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