The Philadelphia Flyers tried to add one of the best defensemen in the NHL to the roster by signing restricted free agent Shea Weber to a 14 year, $110 million offer sheet. Their hopes were dashed on Tuesday when the Nashville Predators announced their decision to match the Flyers’ offer.
The Predators had until 11:30 pm Wednesday to match the Flyers’ offer. If they had decided against it, they would have received four first-round draft picks as compensation. It was speculated that, had they not elected to match, they could have arranged a trade with the Flyers using those draft picks.
It had been reported by Darren Dreger that the Flyers had offered Andrej Meszaros, Matt Read, a first-round pick, two-second round picks, and a third-round pick for Weber, which the Predators declined.
The disappointed Flyers will now need to decide whether they will try to make another move to improve the team or stick with what they have. They cannot attempt to trade for Weber with the Predators at this point, as they are unable to trade him for a year after matching the RFA offer.
Rick Nash is no longer an option as the New York Rangers picked him up in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday. At this point, the Flyers could make a play on Bobby Ryan or Shane Doan. They also still have to take care of restricted free agent Jakub Voracek.
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