The Nashville Predators have announced they’ve matched the Philadelphia Flyers 14-years, $110 million offer sheet for defenseman Shea Weber.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting how this one turned out, as the longer the Predators took to reach their decision, the more it seemed they wouldn’t match the offer. It’s obvious, given Ryan Suter’s departure earlier this month, they had little choice, but by retaining Weber, one wonders how this will play out, both for his long-term future with the team and how it might affect future signings by the Predators. Yes, they have Weber under contract for 14 years at a cap hit of $7.8 million per, which could be lower if the league once again succeeds in rolling back players salaries, but one wonders if they’ll come to regret it. As for the Flyers, they could look elsewhere for a big name defenseman, but teams with RFA blueliners (Montreal’s PK Subban, NY Rangers’ Michael Del Zotto, Washington’s John Carlson) this summer don’t have to worry about them getting a mind-blowing offer like Weber did. If the Flyers go shopping for a big name defenseman, it’ll be via trade now.