Found July 19, 2012 on The Sport Sofa:
                Late last night the Philadelphia Flyers forced the hands of the Nashville Predators by signing restricted free agent Shea Weber to a 14-year $100 million offer sheet. The signing means the Predators now have 7 days to match the offer if they hope to keep the services of Weber, who finished with 19 goals and 30 assists last season, his 2nd straight as a first team NHL all-star. Nashville GM David Poile in a statement released today said: “We are in receipt of the offer sheet signed between the Philadelphia Flyers and She Weber. We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea. Our ownership has provided us with the necessary resources to build a Stanley Cup-winning team. Due to the complexity of the offer sheet, we will take the appropriate time to review and evaluate it and all of its ramifications in order to make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term. We do not anticipate any further comments on this situation until we make our decision within the next seven days.” Preds fans better hope he’s true to his word of matching any offer, because the team already lost all-star d-man Ryan Suter to free agency. For the Flyers, it would cost them there next 4 1st round picks as compensation to sign Weber, a price that seems relatively just for a players of his caliber. The likelihood, of course, is that the picks will be late in the first round given the talent that makes up this Philadelphia team. The signing also seems to indicate that captain Chris Pronger is more likely to retire than return after battling concussion issues for much of last season. The details of the offer sheet are the following:  $14 million in each of the first four years; $12 million in years five and six; $6 million in each of the next four seasons; $3 million in year 11; and $1 million in each of the remaining years.

Today in the Nation: July 19th, 2012

Links to all Preds Related material for 7/19/12… Predators’ Weber signs 14-year offer sheet with Flyers Shea Weber signed to $100M offer sheet Bombshell: Flyers make offer to Weber; will Nashville match?

Preds issue statement regarding Flyers offer sheet to Weber

Nashville, Tenn. (July 19, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile issued the following statement this morning:“We are in receipt of the offer sheet signed between the Philadelphia Flyers and Shea Weber. Under the rules pertaining to an offer sheet, the Predators have one week to decide whether to match or accept the compensation...

AP Source: Flyers give Weber 14-year offer sheet

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Nashville star defenseman Shea Weber to a 14-year offer sheet worth more than $100 million. The Sports Network in Canada first reported the offer. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the Flyers hadn't announced the offer. Flyers general manager...

This Sucks: Weber Signs Offer Sheet With Flyers

As you've probably already heard, the Flyers signed noted head-basher Shea Weber to an offer sheet: The Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators star defenseman Shea Weber have agreed to a 14-year offer sheet "upwards of $100 million," giving Nashville GM David Poile a week to match the contract terms. The news was first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger. Now...

Shea Weber offer sheet broken down, KK hockey version

I posted this in the wrong blog, so, for those of you who follow KK hockey: According to TSN, the Philadelphia Flyers’ offer sheet to Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber defines the term “front-loaded”: The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenceman Shea Weber to a 14-year offer sheet worth a total of of $110 million. The deal includes $68 million in bonus money in...

Predators can't afford to lose Weber

Its the worst nightmare of any owner or general manager losing two of your best players in a span of weeks without much, if anything, in return. Thats the dilemma the Nashville Predators are confronting with the news that their captain, restricted free agent Shea Weber, has signed an offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers reportedly in the amount of 110 million over 14 years...

Shea Weber agrees to fourteen year offer sheet deal from Flyers

Under the cover of night is about the time one would expect an offer sheet deal to go down. No one likes to discuss offer sheets in the NHL. They're often seen as poaching players, tempting them away from their rightful teams. General managers tend to stay away from them because it "paints them in a bad light," despite the fact that it's a perfectly legal and fine...

Nashville Has To Retain Weber

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, David Poile will wear a stern and disappointed face into the boardroom of his bosses at Predators Holdings LLC, and then he will tell them what everyone already knows. “Either we compete. Or we die.” “We just lost Ryan Suter, and got nothing back for him,” he’ll remind his owners. “Now, we have a chance to lock up the best defenceman...

What Will Nashville Do?

from Darren Dreger of TSN, By virtue of signing a 14-year, $110 million dollar offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers, restricted free agent Shea Weber has made it clear he wants out of Nashville…. Now the Predators are faced with a huge financial gamble. With the threat of a work stoppage looming, Weber will collect a minimum of $26 million in the next 11 months. That’s...

Rangers Were Involved In Shea Weber Talks

We've speculated on the blog that Shea Weber could be a fit for the Rangers, and apparently Glen Sather felt the same way. Per Katie Strang of ESPN New York, the Rangers were very involved in Shea Weber discussions and he had gone so far as to visit New York and talk to management and coaches. However, while Weber was impressed with the organization, he apparently felt that New...

Shea Weber's possible Nashville departure could cap off an off-season of gifts for the Blues

Take heart, Blues fans having a panic attack over whether or not the Blues' UFA/RFA dealings have been sufficient. The Central Division won't be the same next year... call it some fortuitous addition by subtraction for the Blues. Shea Weber signed a 14 year ginormous offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers last night, and if the Nashville Predators can't/won't match...

What to do about Weber?

Photo Credit: Like many of you, I received something of a rude awakening, yesterday morning.  Good or bad, checking the previous night’s happenings in the Twitterverse has become a fixture of my morning routine.  Typically, there’s nothing of any real substance to pay attention to–after all, as many a mother is fond of saying, “nothing good happens after 2 AM...

Reports: Weber signs offer with Philly

The Nashville Predators already lost Ryan Suter in free agency. Shea Weber could be next, having signed a 14-year, $100 million offer sheet with Philadelphia, according to multiple reports.

The Shea Weber Negotiations: Holmgren vs. Poile

Courtesy of Mike Strasinger/AP By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie) Let the staring contest commence. With an offer sheet for Shea Weber now on the table, Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Nashville Predators GM David Poile are locked in a game of chicken, with one player’s contract, the immediate future of one franchise, and the long-term health of another franchise all...
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