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The express train out of Nashville made another departure early Thursday morning with reports that team captain Shea Weber has signed a 14-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. Weber, who is a restricted free agent, will make at least $100 million with the contract.
As a restricted free agent, the Nashville Predators get seven days to match the offer sheet from the Flyers. Nashville has also considered a trade with the Flyers, according to TSN's Darron Dreger
Here's what's on the table for the Preds:
If they don't match the offer: The Predators will receive draft pick compensation based on Weber's contract. With the current deal, that would be four first-round draft picks from Philly.
If they do match the offer: Weber can sign with the Predators. Weber has one more season under contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Trade: The Flyers apparently got tired of waiting for the Preds to come up with trade offers and proposed the offer sheet to Weber. If the Preds do trade him, they will receive top value for the 26-year-old defenseman.
Weber has scored 263 points in his 480 game Predator career. He finished second for the Norris Trophy, which went to Ottawa's Erik Karlsson.
Updates will be posted as further details and progress is made.
Team in 2012: Nashville Predators (48-26-8, 104 points, fourth in the Western Conference)
Where he fits and with who: The Flyers were already fairly loaded at defense with Luke Schenn, Kimmo Timonen, Andrej Meszaros and Chris Pronger (sort of.) If this deal goes through, Weber will clearly be a first-pair defenseman.