Na$hville: Shea Weber's 14-Year, $110 Million Offer Sheet Matched By Predators

They called it the most important decision in franchise history, and that's not an exaggeration. The Nashville Predators have matched Shea Weber's offer sheet.

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Shea Weber Stays With Nashville Predators As Philadelphia Flyers Head Back To Drawing Board

Shea Weber is sticking in Nashville after the Predators matched his 14-year offer sheet. The Flyers took a big swing and missed, and now that leaves them back where they started.

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Shea Weber Offer Sheet Matched By Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators called it the most important decision they've ever made, and that's not far off: The still-fledgling NHL franchise on Tuesday matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet tendered to star defenseman and captain Shea Weber by the Philadelphia Flyers last week.

The move assures that Weber will stay in Nashville at least through the 2012-13 season, as CBA rules state the team cannot deal him for one full calendar year, but as the Predators have stated, it likely means that Weber will be a Predator for life.

Matching the hefty offer sheet likely wasn't easy for one of the league's smaller-market franchises thanks to the structure of the deal: $13 million due at signing, $1 million over the course of the 12-13 season and $13 million again on July 1, 2013. It was necessary for Nashville to match a) to stay competitive and b) to save face with fans and sponsors.

The Flyers released a statement wishing Weber the best of luck in Nashville. Philly will now look to explore other options in improving its defense, now left without captain Chris Pronger due to severe, perhaps career-threatening injury and top-pairing cog Matt Carle, who left for the Tampa Bay Lightning via free agency.

For more on the Shea Weber deal and the Nashville Predators, visit SB Nation's Predators blog On The Forecheck. For more on the Flyers visit SB Nation's Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey.

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How The Shea Weber Offer Sheet Reflects The NHL's CBA Problem

Beyond the shock and excitement of the Philadelphia Flyers' offer sheet to Shea Weber is a sad tale of what ails the NHL and what's wrong with its CBA.

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Shea Weber Offer Sheet Could Be Blessing For Nashville Predators

Can the Nashville Predators compete with the big boys in the NHL? Well, here's their chance to prove it.

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