Shea Weber Stays with Predators: What Now for the Flyers?

July 24th, 2012 by Bobby Kittleberger Leave a reply »
The Predators have matched the Flyer's offer sheet made to Shea Weber, which now means that Weber will stay in Nashville, leaving Philadelphia empty handed.

What does this mean for the Flyers?

Weber would have obviously been a very significant signing for them, and now that he's out of the picture, it's tough to say exactly how GM Paul Holmgren will (or should) handle the rest of the offseason.

Where Weber would have been a huge help would be in the area of dealing with Chris Pronger's injuries and his eventual departure. Pronger will turn 38 years old at the start of the season, so even if he's able to return from his most recent concussion, he'd still have to be considered a player in the twilight of his career. Add to that the exodus of Matt Carle to Tampa Bay and you have a very thin Philadelphia blue line.

If the likes of Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn and Andrej Meszaros aren't enough to keep Flyers management happy about their defense, they'll need to look at other options via free agency.

If they decide to go that route, the "pickins are slim," to say the least.

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