Shea friggin' Weber Signs Offer Sheet with Philadelphia worth 14yrs/$100M+ >

I'm lying in bed having trouble falling asleep. Side to side I've been tossing for almost an hour. I look up at the BOSE clock....



Alright, so let me futz around on Twitter a little bit and see what's goin' on....

Well now it's impossible to sleep. 

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren dropped a bombshell on Nashville and Weber accepted with arms wide open. Because of Shea's restricted free agent status, the Predators have seven days to match that offer from the Flyers. 

People believe the 100(plus) million dollars wouldn't be much of an issue for the Preds. They have the space and the money to call Homer on his poker hand. But it's the absurd 14yrs that they'd have to ink their (now former?) captain, and that's the Wild Card. 

Does Nashville want to commit 14 more seasons to arguably the League's best defenseman? For now, let's assume the Predators pass on matching Holmgren's offer. Philadelphia currently has $7,806,627 in cap space, according to That would mean Weber's annual hit against our salary cap would be roughly $7.15mm AAV, virtually drying up all the remaining cap dollars our Club has left to spend on locking up its free agents. 

But the Nashville Predators wouldn't say goodbye to Shea empty handed. Below I take directly from the current Collective Bargaining Agreement --

"Draft Choice Compensation" means the right of any Club pursuant to Section 10.4 of this Agreement to receive draft pick(s) from another Club, to compensate the Club for the loss of a Restricted Free Agent.

10.4 Draft Choice Compensation for Restricted Free Agents
Any Club that is entitled to but does not exercise its Right of First Refusal pursuant to Section 10.3 shall be entitled to obtain Draft Choice Compensation from the New Club. The number and quality of draft choices due to the Prior Club shall be based on the average annual value of the compensation contained in the Principal Terms (as defined in Section 10.3(e) hereof) of the New Club's Offer Sheet (determined by dividing such compensation by the lesser of the number of years of the Offer Sheet or five)

Because Weber's average annual value would be greater than $5-million, abiding by the CBA, Philadelphia would owe Nashville a quantity of four 1st Round Draft picks. 

You read that correctly. 

This could actually turnout to be quite the deal for Nashville. I'm sure they'll hesitate and think when they're staring at that FOURTEEN year agreement. They may think letting Weber walk for four of our 1st Round Draft picks is more than worth one existing player, age 26 (turns 27 in August). 

We're just going to have to see how this plays out. Like I said, Nashville has 7 days to match that insane offer, but I am certain we'll hear their answer much earlier than that. 

One thing's for certain.....I'm wide awake now at 1:50 in the morning. 

'The hell is on tv at thi....OH! Golden Girls!

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