Shea Weber signs 14-year offer sheet from Flyers
Everyone knew it was possible, but what seemed unlikely has indeed happened. Restricted free agent, and team captain, Shea Weber has signed an offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers. Darren Dreger from TSN broke the news on Buy Cialis Generic Online
ter.com/DarrenDreger”>Twitter early Thursday morning when said the contract was for 14 years and upwards of $100 million.
According to Nick Kypreos, the deal is worth $110 and would see Weber be paid $1 million in salary with a $13-million signing bonus in each of the first four years of the deal.
Nashville now has 7 days to match the offer from the Flyers. If the Predators do match, Weber will get the exact same contract he signed with the Flyers, but will remain a Nashville Predator.
It is hard to imagine the Predators not matching the deal, given that General Manager David Poile has indicated in the past that the team would match any offer sheet Weber signed. However, the offer sheet is may be designed in a way that would make it hard for the Predators to match. Nashville is a small-market team that may not be able to afford the large signing bonus that is likely attached to the deal.
Poile released a statement reiterating that the team’s intention was always to match any offer Weber signed, but that “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.”
In the same series of Tweets, Dreger also indicated that a number of teams were in on a possible trade involving Weber, but the Flyers got impatient.
The Predators would be well compensated for Weber if the offer sheet is not matched. The exact compensation package is based on cap hit, which has yet to be released by the Flyers organization.
Weber scored 19 goals and added 30 assists in 78 games last year. Nashville took Weber to arbitration last year where he was awarded a one-year $7.5 million contract.
The Predators already lost Weber’s defense partner this off season when Ryan Suter signed with the Minnesota Wild as an unrestricted free agent.