Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/19/12
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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 team would have seven days to match the offer for Weber, who, at 26 years old, is a two-time first-team All-Star and a frequent Norris Trophy finalist as one of the league's best defensemen. As reported, the deal would be the third-richest in NHL history in terms of total value. The cap hit would work out to $7.15 million per year. If the Predators decline to match the offer, they would receive four first-round draft picks from the Flyers. If they do match it, they would have to honor the exact deal signed with Philly and would not be allowed to trade Weber for one calendar year. The Flyers are able to frontload the contract with bonus money to make it tougher for the Predators to match. The current salary cap is $70.2 million per season, but with the collective bargaining agreement set ...
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