Predators Intend To Match Offer For Shea Weber From Flyers
St. Louis Blues' David Perron, right, handles the puck as Nashville Predators' Shea Weber defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in St Louis. (AP Photo)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Predators said they plan to match the offer for captain Shea Weber from the Philadelphia Flyers.
Predators President and General Manager David Poile issued a statement Thursday morning saying they "have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea."
The Sports Network in Canada first reported Wednesday night Weber signed an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers worth upwards of $100 million for 14-years.
Nashville has seven days to match or accept the compensation. Poile said in the statement that they plan to review and evaluate the complex offer sheet to "make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term."
If the Predators don't match, they could receive up to four first-round picks in compensation.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed early Thursday that the Flyers did sign the defenseman to an offer sheet. He gave no further details.
Predators part owner W. Brett Wilson posted on Twitter, "Am aware of Philly offer."
Weber is the Predators captain and played on a $7.5 million arbitrator's award last season.
He remained a restricted free agent after failing to come to an agreement with the Predators that expired after the season.
Weber has spent seven seasons in Nashville.
Nashville already lost free-agent defenseman Ryan Suter to Minnesota this summer. Weber would fill the void left by Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger's absence. Pronger has been battling concussion problems and missed most of last season. He finished with one goal in 13 games.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)