Report: Shea Weber Signs 14-Year Offer Sheet with Flyers, Predators Must Match

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Report: Shea Weber Signs 14-Year Offer Sheet with Flyers, Predators Must Match
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The Nashville Predators had said they would match any offer sheet to free-agent defenseman Shea Weber, but this is one offer sheet that they may be unable to match.

TSN's Darren Dreger broke the news that the Philadelphia Flyers had sent Shea Weber a 14-year offer sheet that would be worth upwards of $100 million.

Weber signed the deal and the Predators have a week to match the deal. If they don't match the offer sheet, they are entitled to compensation; Yahoo's Puck Daddy broke it down.

This is massive breaking news and if this deal is unmatched, the Philadelphia Flyers would have made the biggest splash during this free-agency period. Weber is an elite defenseman and is of the same mould as current Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger.

This move could be a major game-changer in the landscape of the Eastern Conference and it is a move that could force other teams to make deals themselves. If Weber ends up becoming a Flyer, you can guarantee that the Penguins and Rangers will do their best to make something happen.

In this situation, David Poile needs to match the offer sheet immediately. Odds are that he would have probably offered Weber a contract in the same ballpark so by matching the sheet, Weber would remain a Predator.

The next part becomes very interesting. Although the Predators would forgo a bevy of draft picks, the compensation isn't fair.

The multiple first-round picks would likely be anywhere between 20-30 given the impact Weber would have on the Flyers. If Weber doesn't want to stay in Nashville, Poile can still trade him. He would have to wait one year and then he could open the market for Weber.

A player like Weber on the open market could draw two top-six forwards, a top-four defenseman, a prospect and a draft pick. Teams will move assets and will free up space if he hits the trade market because he would be worth every penny.

David Poile needs to make the right decision. If he fails to match this offer sheet, he loses his franchise player and receives draft picks that won't help the franchise. He should match the sheet and worry about the finances later if he attempts to deal Weber during the summer of 2013.

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