Thursday, July 19, 2012
According to TSN's Darren Dreger by way of his Twitter account, Shea Weber has reportedly agreed to an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers. The offer sheet is reportedly for 14 years and upwards of $100 million.
Dreger also tweeted that Nashville was working on a trade and it is "believed several deadlines passed before Flyers grew tired of waiting." Dreger later tweeted that Philadelphia, the New York Rangers, Detroit and San Jose were all big players in trade scenarios regarding Weber.
Nashville has seven days to match Philadelphia's offer sheet. If they choose not to do so, the Predators will receive four first round draft picks.
While it may seem like doom and gloom for Predators' fans at first glance, this could actually work in Nashville's favor. David Poile and the ownership group in Nashville have stated that they will match any offer for Weber. Now is their chance to prove it. If they do that, they will lock up a player who has arguably become the best defenseman in the NHL for the next 14 years.
We'll have more on this as the story continues to develop.
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