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The Weber Effect

After Ryan Suter agreed to join the Wild, Nashville’s next priority was to maintain All-Star defenseman Shea Weber. Doesn’t seem like they are doing a very good job.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported around 1 o’clock this morning  that Shea Weber has agreed to a 14 year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers, upwards of $100 million. Nashville has 7 days to match the offer or else Weber packs for Philly.

If the Preds do not match, they will recieve 4 first-round draft picks as compensation.

So, if Weber finds himself in the Orange and Black, a few questions arise.

Will the Flyers still try to re-sign Jake Voracek?

After losing JVR and Jaromir Jagr, some offensive holes need to be filled. Weber will take up so much money, that Voracek’s signing could be affected. Or, the Flyers could even discover the possibility of landing Anaheim winger Bobby Ryan as well. Maybe trade Matt Read, Voracek’s rights, and Andrej Mezsaros? Just a thought.

And what about Pronger?

If Shea Weber becomes the Flyers new defenseman, is Chris Pronger’s retirement confirmed?  I believe that it is. A bittersweet moment, but it obviously benefits the team.

How about the Preds? They would lose their two best players in one summer, as well as Alexander Radulov. If this falls through, it’s hard to see Nashville as a playoff team in my eyes.

Before we all jump for joy, let’s remember. Nashville’s GM David Poile stated that the Preds would match any offer thrown their way. However, that is a ton of money, and if Weber ultimately wants out, that could pose a problem for Nashville. Also keep in mind that Poile also refused to match Scott Steven’s offer sheet in 1990. He stated that was one of the low points of his career.

We will follow this all week long.


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