Late last night, news broke that the Philadelphia Flyers had offered Shea Weber a massive 14 year, $100+ million offer sheet.
From what I’ve gathered about the situation so far, it appears as though Nashville may have been working on trading the all-star defenseman, and the Flyers may have lost out to another club. I’ve heard that San Jose was a heavy player.
Rather than wait, the Flyers pulled the trigger and offered Weber a massive deal which would see him wearing orange and black for the rest of his career. Amongst all the chaos and shock, not many people have yet thought about what this move could mean for the Flyers in the long road.
By offering Shea Weber a 14 year deal, the Flyers now have no need to make a trade for the defenseman. Nashville Predators GM David Poile has already went public several times stating that he would match ANY offer sheet that Weber may receive, but the way this 14 year deal is structured, it will make it hard for the Predators to do so.
If the Predators refuse to match, Shea Weber will become a Flyer and Philadelphia will have to give up several draft picks as compensation to Nashville for losing their best defenseman. As I stated in my previous article, it could either be four first round draft picks, or two first round draft picks, a second, and a third. Details still seem a bit blurry.
Having said all this, I can’t help but wonder. Where does Chris Pronger fit into this whole situation?
Pronger missed just about the entire season last year with severe post-concussion symptoms, and many have speculated that his time in the NHL may have come to an end. With the offer sheet to Weber, it looks as though this may be exactly the case.
The Flyers are on thin ice right now, as they wait for the Predators to match their offer. Philadelphia has basically “tipped their hand” with the offer sheet to Weber, basically saying that they’ll need Weber to replace Pronger at this point. Additionally, the Flyers have called Poile’s bluff. He said he would match any offer, but can he handle the insane amount of money and years the Flyers are offering? Only time will tell.
So, do you think that the Flyers are indirectly admitting that Pronger is all but done in the NHL with this offer sheet? Or will Philadelphia have Pronger and Weber in the same lineup?
Is Pronger officially done?
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