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In the summer of 2012, the Flyers signed Shea Weber to an offer sheet of 14-years, worth $110 million.

The Predators matched the offer sheet and Weber has 12 years left on his deal in Nashville with a cap hit of $7.8 million.

During the summer, while Weber was seeking an offer sheet, he secretly had visits with the Rangers, Flyers, Red Wings, Sharks and Canucks. (CBC)

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The Predators have announced that they have matched the Flyers offer sheet of 14 years and $110 for Shea Weber.

They have released the following statement:

In the most important hockey transaction in franchise history, Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran, President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile and CEO Jeff Cogen announced today that the team has matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shea Weber, insuring that the Predators' captain will remain with the franchise for the next 14 years.

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According to the Philly Inquirer, the Predators and Flyers have not talked trade since Shea Weber signed his offer sheet last week.

The paper writes that this could indicate the the Predators will match the Flyers offer or it could mean that the Predators are waiting for the Flyers to call with a "sweet" proposal to have them not match it.

http://twitter.com/JSportsnet/status/227805358972870656

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In the Philly Inquirer, Sam Carchidi writes that Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Nashville GM David Poile have spoken "just once" since Weber signed an offer sheet with the Flyers.

The Predators have until 11:59PM on Wednesday to match the offer or let Weber go to the Flyers for four first round picks.

Frank Seravalli writes in the Philly Daily News that the Predators are not commenting on anything in regards to Weber and just pointing people back to the statement they released last week.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that after Shea Weber's representatives made it clear that he doesn't want to stay in Nashville, the only option left for the Predators is to try and make a deal with the Flyers for some of the draft picks they will receive as compensation.

Brooks thinks that Nashville could target Wayne Simmonds or Jakub Voracek but probably won't receive a player like Brayden Coburn.

At Philly.com, Sam Carchidi writes that the Flyers may make Andrej Meszaros, Matt Read, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustaffson and prospect Nick Cousins available to Nashville in a trade.

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5:25PM: The Tennessean reports that Weber also visited Detroit and San Jose.

5:06PM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that Nashville is not expected to match the offer for Weber and is instead trying to negotiate a deal with Philly where they would send back at least two of the four first round picks and the Predators would get players off the Flyers roster.

1:50PM: Darren Dreger tweets that the Nashville Predators spent yesterday trying to trade Shea Weber as they knew he was going to be signing and offer sheet from the Flyers.

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5:03PM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that Weber didn't want to live in Manhattan and living in Westchester didn't appeal to him because he felt it would isolate him from his teammates.

Brooks says that the Rangers were engaging in dialogue with the Predators and were also in a position to send an offer sheet to him. Those plans fell through when Weber revealed that he didn't want to live here.

Most of the Rangers live in Manhattan while most of the Flyers live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and close to their practice rink in South Jersey.

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The Nashville Predators have released the following statement on Shea Weber's offer sheer:

"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. 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.?

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According to a tweet from Nick Kypreos, the Flyers offer sheet for Shea Weber breaks down as:

  • Years 1-4: $1 million in base salary and $13 million in signing bonuses ($56 million)
  • Years 5-6: $4 million in base salary and $8 million in signing bonuses ($24 million)
  • Years 7-10: $6 million in base salary ($24 million)
  • Year 11: $3 million in base salary ($3 million)
  • Years 12-14: $1 million in base salary ($3 million)
The Predators have until July 25th to match the offer sheet.

The cap hit would be $7.85 million and the compensation would be TWO first round picks, a second round pick and a third round pick.

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http://twitter.com/RealKyper/status/225930027173289984

Chris Botta tweets "By signing Flyers' sheet instead of going UFA in 2013, Weber is essentially committing to playing rest of his career in Nashville."


Adam Rotter: To me, this makes it easy for Weber to stay in Nashville and get the contract that he wants. He knows that Nashville has the chance to match and if he really didn't want to stay in Nashville, he would have forced a trade, which seemed possible, or waited and been the best UFA on the market next year under the new rules. To me, if he really didn't want to stay in Nashville, he wouldn't have signed the offer sheet.
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http://twitter.com/#!/DarrenDreger/status/225814498567663616

Dreger adds "Nashville was working on a trade and its believed several deadlines passed before Flyers grew tired of waiting. Weber signed offer sheet."

He adds "I'm trying to go back to bed. More info coming in. Philly, NYR, Detroit and San Jose were big players in Weber trade scenarios."

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According to Josh Cooper in the Tennessean, Predators GM David Poile has talked with Shea Weber's representatives recently and is planning to talk again with them next week about a new deal.

Poile told Cooper, ?It?s all about talking about Shea and to see if we can get him signed to a longer-term contract with the Predators. My conversations have always been very positive with Shea, his role and his future with the organization in terms of where the franchise is going.?

It has been suggested that if Weber does not want to sign long term in Nashville, the Predators should trade him.

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In the Tenessean, David Climer writes that the Nashville Predators are backed into a situation where they need to give Shea Weber whatever he wants and lock in him long term, or they need to do what Pittsburgh did with Jordan Staal and trade him.

He writes that the Predators need to treat this situation differently than they did with Ryan Suter, "That?s why the Preds must be proactive this time. The front office waited for Suter to make the call, trusting that he would test the waters and then circle back around to the Preds. But he didn?t."

It has been suggested that a new contract for Doan could be along the lines of 14 years and $115 million.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Shea Weber, not Rick Nash, is the kind of player that you pay a bounty of players and prospects for.

Brooks writes, "Weber is not yet 27 and universally regarded as a franchise player who plays the right defense position, the most difficult in the league to fill ? and for whom any team?s list of untouchables is slashed to the bare minimum."

In terms of untouchable players, Brooks writes that the Rangers list would include Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that a one-year offer sheet for Shea Weber is not likely because it would not give him the option of signing a long-term deal until after the new CBA is signed.

Brooks says that a new contract for Weber will likely be 14 years and be between $112 and $119 million per season which would have a cap hit over $8 million.

Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Eric Staal are the only players with a cap hit over $8 million.

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Christopher J: Why is everyone going so crazy about Shea Weber when the Rangers could get Yandle from the Coyotes? He is younger, under contract and would probably cost less than Weber who then needs to get re-signed! Plus Sather and Maloney are boys so they might get him at a discount

Adam Rotter: Weber has the big shot, is a big guy, grows the great playoff beard and much more of a name than Yandle. Weber is an elite player while Yandle may be just below that. Frankly, there is much more talk of Weber because it seems likelier that he will move. He is also a righty shot which the team needs. He is going to command upwards of a $100 million in a new deal.

Yandle is 25, a lefty shot, and under contract for the next four seasons at $5.25 million. The obvious pick would be Weber based on name recognition, but I think Yandle, who knows John Tortorella from the 2010 Olympics, might be a better, certainly more cost effective, play. The cost in terms of assets to get either will be similar and Maloney won't be doing favors for anyone when it comes to dealing one of his best players.

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At USA Today, Kevin Allen writes that Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators are in the same situation that Jordan Staal was in with the Penguins.

Allen writes that the Predators need to offer Weber the best contract that they can, and if he doesn't accept it, they need to trade him.

He writes that the Preds need to offer Weber a deal that is more than the 13-year deal worth $98 million that Ryan Suter signed with Minnesota.

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At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes that he doesn't think the Predators will go for another one-year deal with Shea Weber and if he opts to not sign long-term the Predators will have to shop him this summer.

LeBrun wonders if Weber wants to stay in Nashville long-term if Suter signs elsewhere and adds, "either Suter and Weber both sign extensions to stay in Nashville or they?re both gone this summer. There doesn?t seem to be any in-between, in my mind."


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6:47AM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that if the Rangers miss out on Justin Schultz, they are"are far more likely to investigate the feasibility of trading" for Shea Weber than offer Ryan Suter a huge contract.

Weber is a right handed shot.


Anthony asks: "Do you see the Rangers sending an offer sheet to Weber? That would be a lot of money to get him and plus the Rangers would have to forfeit 4 first round picks."

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At TSN, Darren Dreger writes that if Ryan Suter re-signs in Nashville, it is possible that Shea Weber could be made available.

Dreger writes that the Rangers are one of many teams that would pay a premium to acquire Weber.

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At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes again that the Rangers are interested in acquiring a top six forward who can score and/or a defenseman to play on the power play who has a good shot.

LeBrun also says that the Rangers, like others in the league, are keeping an eye on the situation going on in Nashville with Ryan Suter/Shea Weber

He says that the Rangers would covet either one of those defensemen.

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Yesterday in the NY Post, Larry Brooks wrote about Shea Weber and the arbitration case that he went through.

He asks the question, if you were in a position to make the trade, would you trade Marc Staal, Derek Stepan, Artem Anisimov and a first round pick for, at least, two years of Shea Weber.

I wrote about this after the hearing and said that I wouldn't trade Staal, Stepan and a first for Weber. Staal brings more value to the Rangers with his contract than Weber would and Stepan has the kind of potential that you don't want to lose. Then you would throw in Anisimov and you lose your second and third line centers, both at cheap and reasonable contracts, but you do get the best defenseman, arguably, in the league.

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At LA Kings Insider, Rich Hammond spoke with Kings GM Dean Lombardi who said that they have a long-term offer on the table for the RFA defenseman.

He thinks that this negotiation could drag into late August or September.

Hammond notes that Doughty's agent held Evgeni Nabokov out in 2002 before signing a deal with San Jose when Lombardi was the GM.

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At The Sporting News, Craig Custance spoke with an NHL Executive who thinks that the Predators will have no choice but to think about trading Shea Weber after he received $7.5 million in arbitration yesterday.

Custance writes that it will be a hard sell to move Weber, arguably the best defenseman in the league, to a fan base that just reached the playoffs and should be heading there again this season.

Weber can't become a UFA until 2013 and said that his relationship with the team wasn't strained during the hearing.

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Update: 2:49PM: Tim Wharnsby tweets that Weber was awarded $7.5 million in arbitration.

Original Post: At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes about RFA Shea Weber who had his arbitration hearing yesterday.

Darren Dreger says that Weber asked for $8.5 million while the Predators asked for $4.75 million.

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In the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson writes that it's possible that Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber could only sign a one year deal this summer and then become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

Weber's teammate Ryan Suter is also an unrestricted free agent after next season.

Weber is going to be an RFA on July 1.

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At USA? Today, via Spector, Kevin Allen writes that the Predators intend to re-sign RFA defenseman Shea Weber but may have some issues doing so.

He says that the team lacks the revenue to spend up to the salary cap and that they also need to sign players to bring in more scoring.

Allen also writes that fellow defenseman Ryan Suter is a free agent next summer and that the team will need to re-sign him as well.

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http://twitter.com/PeteTheGreek13/status/66302568749473792

This was an interesting tweet to get. Weber is an elite defenseman and has the shot that the Rangers are lacking on the back end. Since he is an RFA, Nashville has the option to match, or the Rangers would give up four first round picks. I don't think the Rangers are the only team that could use Weber though and if there is talk that they will give him an offer sheet, I am sure that ten other teams would as well.

The Rangers top four defensemen are set for next season, but the third pair is still up for grabs.

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