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Preds match! — Weber to remain in Nashville

Jul 24, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

Shea Weber AP

The Nashville Predators have matched the Philadelphia Flyers’ 14-year, $110 million offer for Shea Weber, ensuring their captain will remain club property through 2025-26.

The statement from the Preds’ website:

As the organization analyzed the overall situation and worked toward a conclusion, the decision boiled down to three questions:

– Was Shea Weber the individual that this franchise wanted to lead our team, a team that would compete for the Stanley Cup every year, for the next 14 years?

– Would matching the offer sheet be in the best long-term interest of the team and organization?

– Would a decision not to match the offer sheet send a negative message to current Predators players and other NHL organizations, a message that the Predators would only go so far to protect its best players and be pushed around by teams with “deep pockets?”

The answer to each of the above questions is clearly “yes.” The organization spent the last several days analyzing all aspects of the offer sheet, from economic implications to the impact on the team hockey operations puts on the ice.

Most importantly was the reaction to whatever decision the organization reached and the impact it would have on our fans, sponsors and marketing partners. We wanted to insure that our decision reflected not just the feelings of these groups but also conveys a strong message to them that our actions would speak for us and demonstrate our commitment to them. It was absolutely essential that they understand and believe that we are doing everything possible to ice a Stanley Cup competing team each and every season.

More to come…

  1. stakex - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Bet that hurts if your a Flyers fan…. especially after watching the Rangers land Nash yesterday.

    • chap6869 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Not really, didn’t figure they were going to let him go in the first place, hard to be upset about losing something you never had in the first place!!!!

    • beavertonsteve - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      It was always a toss up. It wasn’t like Flyers fans were already sporting Weber jerseys or anything.

  2. andyb02 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    7 days from now: Nashville Predators declare bankruptcy.

    • vshehane - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Jealous much?

    • tbbolts91 - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      It’s funny cause not only will they be bankrupt, their team will be the weakest it has been in a few years

  3. wethog66 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Interesting, and expected. I wonder if this will open the flood gates for Webers pissing and moaning over the coming years about wanting to be traded like whats his face that just got traded to the Rags. Rick Nash.

    • brianforster - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      i seriously never understood how teams let players who are UNDER CONTRACT piss and moan their way out of town. if i owned the CBJ Rick Nash would have played out every last minute of that contract for my team or he would not play at all.

      • sheckyrimshot - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        having a lumbering buffoon gm ask you to waive your no trade clause so he can trade you and then waiting six months to trade you does not equal pissing and moaning your way out of town. jeff carter on the other hand….

    • lordfletcher - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      if the Preds didn’t match, they would be dealing with a PR nitemare after what they were saying about Suter and Weber staying. If they let him go, it would be hard to generate early season ticket sales with most of the public being negative and without a doubt, no weber, no playoffs.

      Weber will be traded next summer but I am curious to hear Poile explain this decision and why they weren’t able to get a deal done with Philly in the first place.

      with a top prospects and players like Read or whomever plus draft picks, I would have thought something would have gotten done compared to the offer sheet but I give Holgren credit, dude has balls and made a hard offer for Poile and owner to match

      • vshehane - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

        And once again you exhibit your ignorance.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM


        what I love about your comments is that you never make a claim of your own, an opinion for others to bash or site any sources to your idiotic illusions. You are an over aged girl who doesn’t know the sport. FACT!

        PUCK BUNNY

        that was a joke. or maybe it wasn’t, I could care less :)

        -Wild fan (for broadwhatever33)

      • vshehane - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        You know, you can call me whatever name you would like. As a long time season ticket holder who never misses a game I am in a much better position to have an opinion on Predator players than you are. I have actually watched them play, including Suter, for years. You can get over yourself and stop acting like such a pig. My being a female has nothing to do with my hockey knowledge.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM


        I am just giving you crap. Let’s see you start with this “And once again you exhibit your ignorance.” … so I came back with my post and so on

        this is a clear case of (you started it). Next time, be polite or don’t. Doesn’t matter to me but you had to expect I would say something.

        as always, cheers

        -Wild fan

    • vshehane - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Weber is not a pisser and moaner. You must be thinking about Suter.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM



        still holding on to that eh. I am sure you knew Suter very well and had insider knowledge of the situation. Would like to thank you for branching out on each and every one of your posts.

      • ron05342 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM

        @vshehane @lordfletcher — Get a room.

  4. zaksyuk - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Now Detroit will get him in a trade next year !

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Keep dreaming my man, Nashville would sooner trade him to the KHL for a bag of pucks and a left handed hockey stick.

  5. mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    I said there was almost no chance of it happening and it did… nashville will be paying a guy 26 mill next year who doesnt want to be there even if there is a lockout….
    Not the smartest move by the preds but nothing anyone can do about it now.

    • sportsfreak13 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      if he didnt want to be there he would of signed a 1 year deal been a Ufa the next year and pick his team he signed the offer sheet knowing the preds could match and that he would be happy spending 14 years with either organization. So keeping their best player and captain and not getting strong armed by a big market team was not a smart move?

  6. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Glad one of the best defensemen in the league is going to stay in the Western Conference and far away from my Pens.

    I’ll be interested to see if the Flyers push very hard at a guy like Shane Doan, or if they stand pat at this point.

    • gaborik104life - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      exactly what you said today the Rangers, Pitt, Isles, and Devs fans and all teams in the ECF rejoice. Would have made the division quite entertaining though.

      • claysbar - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        Still will be, it’s not like Pens, Flyers or Rangers were schmucks before Nash, Weber, Suter or Parise signings. Overall talent, I’d still say, by odds at least, the Champs will come out of the Atlantic.

      • villainstudios - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        Yeah im a huge flyers fan and I must say that Weber not signing is a let down though Holmgren has balls to try and get that done the way he did. I think now that the Rangers have Nash it now puts Bobby Ryan in play. Though scoring last year and this coming year wont be the problem defense is the problem and even more now since Pronger is unofficially done and Matt Carle walked. Bryz was horrendous last year, because of our defense well nothing has changed it has gotten worse now that Carle’s gone I want to see now if a trade for Ryan has gone up because Anaheim knows the Flyers are backed into a corner.

  7. sjsharks66 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Does anyone think the flyers had weber jerseys printed? Like with parise and suter? Lol

    Bummer for Philly, it seems like the pens or flyers can’t land anyone. However Doan is still out there. I can see Philly trying their hardest to sign Doan now. We will see.

    Hockey news is getting interesting again.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Well, at least players are signing with Philly…can’t do anything about a team matching an RFA.

  8. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    What a shocking development….match? But but….

  9. dkphilly1122 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    The best part is they gotta pay him atleast 27 mill, than he can force a trade after July 1st next year. They’re idiots for matching on a player that doesn’t even wanna be there and will end up paying 27 mill if he asks for a trade next year. Flyer’s aren’t mad like he said up further, can’t be mad if we never had him in the first place. Now they’ll focus on Bobby Ryan again…..and make it happen without giving up Schenn’s or Cootz like Nashville wanted for Weber. I wouldn’t give either of them up for him either. He’s an elite D man, but they’re great young studs in the making. Shea will get mad when the Preds don’t even make the playoffs this year IF there’s a season. If there isn’t a season the Preds screwed themselves even more without ticket revenue it’s coming out of the owners pockets. Have fun with that.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      “Force a trade”
      Do you think hockey players are NFL’ers?

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      “Force a trade”
      Do you think hockey players are NFL’ers?

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Oh yes, your bitter tears are delicious.

    • lightingthelampsince88 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      Sounds like someone is a depressed Flyer fan today. You’ll be alright, still got Bryz holding down the pipes for ya :)

      • chibimike - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        For 8 more years too. :-)

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      You wouldn’t give up the “the Schenn’s or Cootz” for a Norris Trophy nominated defensemen who is already one of the best in the biz at just 26 years of age? Yeah I’m not buying that.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      He can try and “force a trade” all he wants BUT due to the bumbling of his agent there isn’t a no trade clause in this offer sheet and the offer sheet is the contract nothing can be added so, if he does try to “force a trade” they’ll be able to get 29 teams to bid against each other, and since he’s one of the top 3 defensemen in the NHL I’m guessing they’d get a lot more than 4 first round picks.

  10. illbringdabeers - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    “He doesn’t want to be on a rebuilding team? He wants to leave? In 2 years we’ll be paying him 16% of what this franchise is even worth? Lets match the offer!”…..[Inside Predators Offices]

  11. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Blah Blah Blah Comcast. Blah Blah Can’t afford to sign him. Blah Blah Running to get loans go bankrupt. Blah Blah Stanley Cup.

    Of course the Preds matched, this should be shocking to nobody

  12. chibimike - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Enjoy your career in Nashville Shea, only 13 years 364 days to go until free agency.

    • claysbar - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      He’ll have 26 million reasons next year to enjoy Nashville.

  13. ray2013 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Yesterday most people hammered Howson for the meager return he got for Nash, and now some are criticizing Poile for retaining the league’s best d-man instead of accepting four low first-rounders. I can’t see how people can be mad; by signing the offer sheet, Weber gave the Preds a chance to match for his services. And match they did. Good for them.

  14. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Oh mercy me the Flyer fans tears are more plentiful and sweeter than I ever expected.

    • chap6869 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Lol, who sounds more bitter here, the Flyers fans or the pathetic Pens fans whining all the time in a Flyers related post?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        I find both fan-bases to be equally clueless and insufferable. Like I said before there is something going on in Pennsylvania. Bubble Dwellers who hear nothing outside of the propaganda that local tv and radio tell them.

        Just look at Pen fans, Flyer fans, and Penn State apologists.

  15. hockeyfootball98 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Few observations here for one as a Flyer deeply bummed but oh well, definate tease thats for sure. Also sounds like Philly lost a pretty good trading partner but thats fine the only thing they had/have now is Weber and being he is no longer available oh well. Second want no part of Doan, over 35 contract and isnt an elite player compared to his salary. Good yes, but not worth likely price tag. Doubt he wants to come here anyway. I see a trade for Ryan very shortly, or who knows offer sheet to Evander Kane. If Flyers do nothing else or cant….. then Rangers will be a very tough team to beat thats for sure. At least Pens and Devils only got worse as well. Flyers lost Carle which lead team in minutes despite the fan hate, Jagr who was solid and JVR. We got Fedatanko, and Luke Schenn in return. But thats what happens you throw all your eggs into Parise, Suter and Weber and lose out on all three.

  16. govtminion - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Tough spot the Preds were in- but at the end of the day, this really was the only logical move. Paying Weber is going to hurt, but can you imagine the fan reaction next season with both of the big D-men gone? In the long run, this was the only realistic thing Poile could do.

  17. quizguy66 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    One interesting aspect of the contract is that the later into the contract you get, the more reasonable the terms are and the more return the Preds would be able to get in a trade.

    In 4 years, the remaining balance of Weber’s deal will be 10 years at like $42 million. They’ll be able to get a massive package if they traded him at that time and will have benefited from 4 years of his stellar play before that.

    Matching was the only option they had.


    • chibimike - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      Why would they only keep him for the 4 most expensive years of his contract? Who wouldn’t keep Weber for 10 years at $4.2M/year?

      • quizguy66 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        Oh they very well may keep him for the whole contract. My point is that he’ll only become more attractive to potential trade partners as time goes on.


  18. etchedchaos - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    They still aren’t at the cap floor either. Matching the offer sheet is going to kill them financially.

    • mickeyb21 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      How can it kill them financially when they were already going to have to spend that much money anyway to get to the floor? If they still had a bunch of guys to sign that would make more sense. As they only have a few guys left, I don’t see the huge financial burden this year.

      • etchedchaos - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        Because they have to pay him 26million in the next year and only 7.9 counts towards the cap.

      • mickeyb21 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        With them wanting to sign Suter and Weber this summer, they were already planning an having to sign the two with large signing bonuses. Most likely not at $14 million each, but a large amount going out at the same time. This is most likely less than what they were planning on at the beginning of the summer. Remember that it is $14 million this year and $14 million next year. It is not all at once right now for this amount. They were stating that they were willing to spend to the cap. Using true salary for this year, they are still not close to the cap. I think the Preds are fine financially. Their ownership had been underestimated by many.

  19. bucrightoff - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Glad to see the little guy push back to the big guy. I would feel sorry for you Philly fans, but then I cue up the video of Michael Irvin breaking his neck and I realize I’ll never feel sorry for you guys.

    • sheckyrimshot - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM


  20. capsfan19 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:58 PM


  21. Stiller43 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Thats a shame

  22. 28giroux28 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Welp. That was a fun Cup run. Wait ’til next year!

  23. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    At least the Preds can rest easy knowing that if Weber still wants out in a year or two that they could get more back for him than 4 measly high first-rounders. Either way it’ll work out for them in the long run and UFAs might actually consider going to Nashville if they see the team’s willing to shell out the dough for key players. You may have actually saved your keester on this one Poile.

  24. hines86for6 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    cheese with that whine, flyers fan?

    i love the tears of the entitled big marketers.

    i can hear it now, “how dare that small market southern hick town show us this kind of disrespect. don’t they know who we are?”

    • beavertonsteve - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Weird, I’ve heard a lot more whining about how the Flyers structured the contract than about the Predators having the right to match it. I think you’ve got things a bit turned around.

      • chibimike - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:16 PM


  25. dabossditka - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    As a Rangers fan and a North NJ native I laugh in the face of the Flyers! Great job by the Preds. I hope Every Flyers fan is crying now like they always do.

  26. flyersgoalscoredby88 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I’m happy Homer didn’t do something stupid like trade Couturier and/or Schenn. Having Weber would have been really nice, but I wouldn’t have been thrilled with no first round picks for the next 4 years either.

    Most importantly, Cooter wasn’t moved. That kid is gonna be awesome.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      I don’t see your rationale at all, I get that he’s going to be a good player but if your GM had actually played ball you had the chance to get one of, if not the best d-men in the NHL, who’s only 26…and let’s not forget that defense is easily the biggest need the Flyers. If I get the chance to trade potential for an absolute superstar, in a position of need, who’s only 26, I take that trade every time.

  27. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Awesomer your forgetting to change your profile names

  28. drewsylvania - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Matching was a no-brainer for any GM not named Howson.

  29. scionofflame - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Stop the hate, people. Really.

    It’s a great day for the Nashville Predators as a franchise because face it, we don’t HAVE many big names. Shea is our biggest, and we get to keep him. I’m thrilled, and I think all Preds fans are.

    Philly fans, please chill out. Preds fans too. The Predators aren’t going bankrupt, Shea is probably fine playing for either city or he wouldn’t have signed the offer sheet, and both our franchises will live on just fine. I don’t see the Predators trading Weber next year, or anytime soon. If we can make it financially through the first years of his contract, then we’re keeping him LONG term.

    Flyers, you have a great team. You’ll still make the playoffs next year, and hopefully now the Predators will still be there as well. The hate is pointless and stupid. One team lost out on a shot, the other surprised by taking the offer given.

    • mickeyb21 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      stop…you aren’t allowed to bring reasoning or logic here, didn’t you know?

      • barkar942 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:29 AM

        WOW! All of that reasoning and logic just smacked me in the face like five pounds of crap in a one pound bag!
        scionofflame, please , too much logic and reasoning is not allowed on here. (See Soup Can or Geno for proper imbecilic, irrational and illogical posting procedures).

  30. meynbass - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Sweet. Keep him in the Central

  31. purpleguy - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Geez, people are nuts if there’s already talk of the Preds trading Weber in a year after paying way over $25M in up front money. That would damn near be financial suicide.

  32. Chris Ross - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I’m definitely not surprised that the Predators chose to do this. However, I wonder how this is going to affect the long term future of the franchise. That’s a lot of money tied to one guy for a team that doesn’t make much money. It should be interesting to see how they are able to build their team in the next couple of years because they still need more scoring.

  33. sjtorpitt - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Low market team with an extremely high first year costs, it’s gonna be tough..

  34. earlcpeacock - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    well well well. the soup can army is a bit dissapointed that weber cant get schooled by SCS and PCG… i guess were going to have to just keep on pounding those no name wanna be letangs hahahahahah @SoupCanArmy

  35. anthonykornheiser - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    does this mean we have to put the usual eagles and flyers parade for winning the championship on hold? obviously before the season starts, as usual.

    second fiddle disgusting city, with their cheesy phillies hats backwards.

  36. mattmc20 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Goes back to my argument in previous posts about why this shows how idiotic the flyers are and why they will never have the success of the Wings. This is exactly why Holland was trying to trade for rights and not get stupid and sign a RFA who is the best defenseman in hockey to a match able contract. I laugh again at all those flyer fans who were claiming the next 15 cups before the 10 days were over.

  37. savior72 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Congrats to Preds, hope it works out in long term. Also ensures they won’t become a door mat by having to rebuild. Team still needs offense

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