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What they’re saying about Nashville matching Philly’s offer sheet for Weber

Jul 24, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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The Nashville Predators have stepped up in a major way, matching the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet defenseman Shea Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.

By doing so, the Preds have made Weber the highest-paid defenseman in NHL history and the only current player signed through the 2025-26 season.

Yeah, it’s a biggie.

Here’s what folks are saying on the Twitter machine about today’s landmark deal:

Philadelphia Flyers: “WEBER UPDATE: ‘In tendering an offer sheet to Shea Weber, we were trying to add a top defenseman entering the prime of his career. With Nashville matching our offer, we wish Shea and the Predators all the best.’ -Paul Holmgren”

John Manasso, Fox Sports South: “As I said last Friday on WUZ104.5 [Nashville radio], it was an existential moment for Preds. They looked into the abyss, didnt like what was on other side.”

Sam Carchidi, “Give the Flyers an “A” for trying and for that not-too-sneaky front-loaded contract. Still, they are now 0 for 3 in trying to get top FAs.”

Frank Seravalli, Philadelphia Daily News: “The tough thing for Flyers is that a Plan B after Weber is really like a Plan E, there’s that much of a gap between him and next best.”

Ray Ferraro, TSN: “Curious what Weber’s mindset has been — obviously signing offer meant he was 1 foot out door / deep down had to be preparing for Preds to match.”

Jason Brough, ProHockeyTalk: “‘So…let’s talk about revenue-sharing.’ – Predators”

John Glennon, The Tennessean: “When it comes down to it, Preds had to match Weber offer sheet. They’d said they would, and it would have sent bad, bad msg if they bailed.”

Al Muir, Sports Illustrated: “Maybe this was a ploy by Weber to stay with Preds AND max out his take pre-new CBA…but if he fires his agent soon, we’ll know otherwise.”

Sean McIndoe, Down Goes Brown: “‘We’re matching the Flyers’ offer. Also, you guys had a typo in here, there’s an extra zero at the end of… oh. Oh no.’ – David Poile”

Bob McKenzie, TSN: “Losing Weber on an offer sheet might well have been the death knell of the franchise. As it is, losing Suter to UFA, they have work to do.”

Jimmy Murphy, ESPN Boston: “Realize Weber can’t get dealt for year but he will not finish that contract in Nashville.”

Darren Dreger, TSN: “Few media people surprised Nashville opts to match Weber offer sheet…me incl, but, many NHL team execs didn’t think the Preds could.”

  1. ray2013 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    What’s your take, Halford?

    • Mike Halford - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      They had to do it. Losing Suter was one thing, but Weber’s the captain, two-time Norris nominee and best player on the team. Couldn’t let him walk, even for four first-rounders.

  2. lionsflyersandredbirds - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    I bet Mike Fisher sent Carrie Underwood into those owner’s meetings to do whatever it took to make sure they matched…

  3. oruacat2 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I asked this before but lost track of the thread –
    Why did New Jersey get punished for the Kovalchuk deal but nobody blinks about all these similar subsequent blockbuster signings?
    Can someone explain it to me in layman’s terms?

    • kopy - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Kovalchuck was signed to such a long contract that he was expected to be playing when he is 44. Suter, Parise, and Weber will all be 40 at the end of their contracts. Also, the word is that the NHL likes to see at least 750k-1M owed to the player in the final years. Kovalchuk’s dropped to even lower – about half a million. Basically, the Devils crossed the line. Unfortunately for the Devils, they are the reason why everyone else knows where the line is.

      • oruacat2 - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        Thanks. I was curious because there’s such a fine line between the verboten Kovy deal and all these more recent contracts.

    • ray2013 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      kopy hit the nail on the head. The nixed Kovy contract set the framework for future long-term deals. 1) end by the age of 40 (instead of 44) and 2) final years of a very long-term contract have to pay a minimum $1 million per year (instead of $500K).

      Otherwise you could tack on 5 years at the end of any of these contracts at the veteran’s minimum to drop the cap hit to circumvent the cap.

  4. meynbass - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    ^ it’s older brother syndrome(NJ).
    Older brother pays dearly so little brothers can follow in his footsteps with no repercussions

  5. purpleguy - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Now that Weber is staying put, cue the Philly fans saying the price was too high and that Weber will be mired in future mediocrity.

    • bigdong28 - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      yup you know philly fans, just making excuses…you’re an idiot. no one in philly acts like this. You’re obviously from canada with a skewed view on reactions made by fans in other cities….we don’t make excuses like you idiots. I wish philly had landed Weber. Funny how people outside of philly say we are lucky for not landing him with that kinda money but the thing is, we have that kinda money. Even with him signed we’d be 10mil under the cap. Unlike other teams…like the Preds. Weber has been in philly for a while since signing the offer sheet…now all nashville did was lock up a unhappy Weber for the rest of his career, only to be brought down by the mediocrity that is the city of nashville and the predators team. think before you speak or at least do some research

      • anthonykornheiser - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        youre right, no one in philly does act like that, you just have parades for winning the championship in every major sport before the season begins. the phillies best staff ever, the flyers best defense ever, asomonghah and drc cant be beat, etc etc.
        you dont make excuses you just crown yourselves as champs eventhough your franchises do bupkus.

      • duke3106 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        playoffs 7 out of the last 8 years that’s mediocre….. yea i guess your right…. not really. Some big city fans can’t stand to see a small market like Nashville thrive. I know your upset about Shea coming back to a great organization that has built players up and usually can’t keep them because of money issues, but don’t take it out on our city. We are obviously not mediocre anymore if we can lock up the best defenseman to the biggest contract in defenseman history. By the way thank you Flyers organization for negotiating for us, as well as your welcome for giving you one of the top wingers and defenseman on your team. Sorry that the little man is trying to make some progress. GO PREDS

    • melonheadsdaddy - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Your right. We always have offseason parades…matter of fact the last parade I was at was October 31, 2008….oh wait. The phillies won the world series that year…I guess you got “passion” and “excitement” confused with whatever purple franchise your pledge allegiance too…Vikings? Northwestern? Good luck.

      Sucks about weber but as a flyer fan you HAD to expect this…good luck Shea…at least the interest was there…

      • anthonykornheiser - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        actually no, im from ny, a yankee fan, the team that waxed you guys in 09.

  6. Chris Ross - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    I think Philadelphia should be lucky they didn’t get that contract. It’s a ridiculous amount to pay a guy but I guess it was the only possible way they were going to pry Weber away from Nashville, like Lin with New York. I hate these long contracts and this might be the last of them. It might possibly be the worst of them from a hockey stand point because of how incredibly front loaded it is for a team like Nashville that struggles so much financially. Should be interesting to see how new CBA deals with long term contracts and if they max ‘em out like the NBA.

  7. billsfan13594 - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Bummed the flyers didn’t land Weber, but glad the Preds still get to be a competitive team.
    Looking forward, since Nash only cost Dubs, Anismov, Erikson, and a 1st, you got to think Bobby Ryan is pretty affordable, especially if the fly guys don’t pursue Doan.

  8. earlcpeacock - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    i say nashville wanted to save webers life by not letting him have to live in one of the scumiest american cities in the world. u did the right thing nashville.. you saved a life..

  9. The Baseball Gods - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    The Predators better hope that there is not a lockout now because they would still have to pay Weber that huge signing bonus. If there is an extended lockout Nashville can pretty much kiss their franchise goodbye. Quebec Predators just sounds terrible….guess they will have to change the name?

    • vshehane - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      Lol Quebec will get the Preds like Hamilton did.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Cry more. Nashville’s nowhere near Phoenix territory.

  10. muir6 - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Cancel the offseason Philly cup parade thankfully they have the dynasty Eagle s

    • melonheadsdaddy - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      Glad to see your input…eagles flyers sixers and Phils all win championships this year.# Confidence. If not I’m not goin anywhere. # passion. Wish same could be said about half the posters on this website…

  11. mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Wow, so many classless idiotic remarks…

    • barkar942 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Isn’t that what everyone is supposed to do on this site?

  12. malkinrulez - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Philly clinging to that world series like a baby with a nookie! Flyers fans after beating pens were talking about who they wanted to play in conference finals, funny thing happened …. Devils win in 5.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      Yup devils in 5…In the meantime Malkin was ruling the 9th green.

    • holeecowman - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      lol typical sca comment just like you ice chicken fans wont let go of that 09 cup right so how many years will it be before the league steps in to bail the team out oh and no reply needed i know 1975 lol i love that shat woo hoo hows your 6 yr old fan base keep living in the past pittsburgh hows you nba team oh wait you city to poor to have one

      • comeonnowguys - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:35 AM

        Wow, he hit your nerve good.

        Not a Penguins fan, but for Flyer fans to call out another team for “holding onto” a cup win three years ago when they cling to 1975 is pretty embarrassing.

        Since then:
        Pittsburgh: 3 cups
        Philadelphia: 0.

        Also, can we claim Philly won’t let go of the Phillies title that same year?

        Just admit your bummed that you had a terrible offseason. They’re not the first team to have one, they’re not the only team this year to have one, and they won’t be the last team to have one. Sheesh.

  13. hines86for6 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM


    mediocrity that is the Preds?

    umm the Preds had more points than the Flyers last year.

    also Nashville is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country. people from all over the country to live there as there’s no state income tax or death tax.

    ergo 110 mill is a lot more money in Tennessee than it is in Pennsylvania.

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