Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 7/21/12

I’ve said many times that the Philadelphia Flyers are an organization committed to winning. The haters out there can say whatever they’d like, I’m well aware of how long it’s been since they’ve won a Cup. The Flyers’ latest attempt to take what they want may be their boldest move to date.

Signing Nashville defenseman Shea Weber to a very lucrative offer sheet under the cover of night caught the hockey world by surprise. The fact that he had been in town for three days without whisper in this day of media frenzy and up to the second Facebook statuses and tweets is a miracle.

The waiting game has begun as Nashville scrambles to decide whether it can truly afford to pay out 16.5% of its franchise’s overall value in a calendar year. Losing Shea Weber so soon after losing Ryan Suter would be a disaster for the Predators. Matching the offer sheet to keep him might also be a disaster though. It would hamstring a small market team and probably keep them in the mediocre cycle for a long time to come with no money to sign talent to help the team improve. Collecting four consecutive first round picks from the Flyers as compensation for signing Weber may be Nashville’s best shot to return to contention in the near term.

For the Flyers, Shea Weber could mean the difference between another good season and a great won that ends in a parade. Weber is a great defenseman who also knows how to put the puck in the net too. 14 years is a ridiculous length on a contract, something that the NHL will look to limit in the next collective bargaining agreement, but it may be the competitive advantage that allows the Flyers to win out in the end here.

While some of the Flyers’ big lavish moves in the past have not always worked out (Eric Lindros, Chris Gratton, etc.), it doesn’t stop the team from continuing to be aggressive and trying to do whatever it takes to win. If the Flyers fail to land Weber and fail to win a Stanley Cup, at least it will not be for lack of trying. They have taken everything they have and thrown it at some of the best talent available. I’d rather have an organization. Try and fail than not try at all.Similar Posts:

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