Predators GM David Poile has a week to consider the Flyers’ offer sheet for Shea Weber (Dave Sanford/NHLI via Getty Images)
By: Tyler J. Altemose (@TJamesAltemose)
Many questions surround the recent offer sheet tendered to the Nashville Predators by the Philadelphia Flyers. But one of the more intriguing questions is, what happens if the Predators match the Flyers offer but can’t pay Shea Weber?
The Nashville Predators are a small market team. Forbes magazine ranked the Predators’ value at just $163,000,000 — 25th in the NHL. So with the Flyers’ recent offer sheet of $110 million for defenseman Shea Weber to consider, the question of whether or not the Predators can pay up is a viable one.
The problem teams like the Predators have is twofold. The first part is spending enough money in the upcoming League year that they meet the salary cap floor of $54.2 million. So far the Predators are farthest from the floor, having spent only $40.8 million on 18 players for the 2012-13 season.