TSN's Darren Dreger reported early Thursday morning that the Philadelphia Flyers signed Nashville Predators’ defenseman Shea Weber to a 14 year, $100 million-plus offer sheet. This is a move that forces Nashville to choose between signing their captain for the same steep price or letting him go to Philadelphia in exchange for compensatory draft picks.
For the Flyers, the move is huge—turning a solid blue line into a truly elite defensive corps—should Weber wind up wearing the Orange and Black.
The move is particularly appropriate due to the possibility that Chris Pronger may never play again. There is no official word on Pronger’s status for next season, but most Flyers fans are not optimistic.
When Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren discussed Pronger’s status with Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi, the executive put his captain on a pedestal:
Assuming Chris can't play, those are big shoes to fill. It's hard to find a Chris Pronger. I don't know if he's out there.
Well, if he is out there, his name is Shea Weber. And Paul Holmgren just took a big step toward signing him.
Here are five reasons Shea Weber is the only true replacement for Chris Pronger.