Shea Weber: Nashville Predators Had to Match Irrational 14-Year Contract

July 24th, 2012 by Sam R. Quinn Leave a reply »
The Nashville Predators prevented a catastrophic loss of one of the team's franchise players by matching the offer sheet that the Philadelphia Flyers extended to Shea Weber.

According to the team's official Twitter account, the captain will be back for the next 14 seasons:

Shea Weber will remain in #Smashville; Preds match 14-year offer sheet on team Captain -- click here for full details…

— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) July 24, 2012 There is absolutely no way that Weber will play at a level remotely near a $110 million deal for the entirety of this contract, but it was something that the Predators had to do.

If the organization declined to match the front-loaded offer, that will pay Weber $27 million by the time the defenseman's second $13 million bonus of the year is handed over on July 1, 2013 (via CBS Sports' Brian Stubits), that would mark the second star that bolted out of Nashville for greener pastures this offseason.

Ryan Suter signed with the Minnesota Wild earlier this month. To lose a second star defenseman within a three-week span would have been crippling to the Pr ...

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