Nashville Matches: Weber Remains a PredatorBREAKING NEWS, Flyers, News, NHL Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
The official statement:
“In the most important hockey transaction in franchise history, Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran, President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile and CEO Jeff Cogen announced today that the team has matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shea Weber, insuring that the Predators’ captain will remain with the franchise for the next 14 years.
The decision to enter into the largest contract in franchise history was made by all parts of the organization, including ownership, hockey operations and business operations.
The most interesting item from the statement was this gem: “Would a decision not to match the offer sheet send a negative message to current Predators players and other NHL organizations, a message that the Predators would only go so far to protect its best players and be pushed around by teams with ‘deep pockets?’ The answer… is clearly ‘yes.’ ”
It was fun while it lasted. It remains to be seen how Predators fans will react to their lifetime captain trying to jump ship as his agents told the media, “You don’t sign an offer sheet unless you want to go there.” With Weber officially out of the mix, attention for the Flyers will turn to Bobby Ryan and Shane Doan.
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