The news broke late Wednesday night that Nashville Predators’ defenseman Shea Weber has agreed to a 14-year offer sheet worth upwards of $100 million with the Philadelphia Flyers. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Predators had been actively working on the trade front to deal the Norris Trophy nominee to various teams in the league. Weber allegedly grew tired of the waiting game and signed an offer sheet with Philadelphia.
The Predators have seven days to match the Flyers’ offer. Otherwise, Shea Weber will become the newest member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Should the Predators choose to allow Weber to go to the Flyers, they will be compensated with either four first-round picks or two first-rounders, a second-round pick, and a third-round pick from the Flyers, as per the rules of the current CBA. The actual annual value of Weber’s new deal would determine the ultimate return.
It was widely known that the Flyers were seeking to bolster their blue line after concussion problems put the career of top defenceman Chris Pronger in jeopardy. After losing out on Weber’s former defensive partner, Ryan Suter, in free agency, the Flyers took an alternate route to acquiring a marquee defenceman, via an offer sheet.
Stay tuned to The Hockey Writers for more on this developing story.
UPDATE: The breakdown of the contract: