Predators match Shea Weber's offer sheet, Flyers miss out on prized defenseman

RALEIGH NC - JANUARY 28: Shea Weber of the Nashville Predator answers questions sduring NHL All Star Player Media Availability apart of the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend at the Raleigh Convention Center on January 28 2011 in Raleigh North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators have matched Shea Weber's 14-year, $110 million offer sheet. The team just announced the news via their website, complete with a bad ass photo of general manager David Poile crossing his arms and staring into the camera. They'll hold a news conference on Monday.

In the most important hockey transaction in franchise history, Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran, President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile and CEO Jeff Cogen announced today that the team has matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shea Weber, insuring that the Predators' captain will remain with the franchise for the next 14 years.

Weber will remain a Predator for at least one season under CBA rules, and while many Flyers fans are likely hoping he demands a trade after that one season, there's no guarantee that happens. There's really no indication that it's even a possibility. Weber made clear his desire to play in Philadelphia, but at this stage of the game, there's no reason to realistically hope for a trade to bring him here.

Paul Holmgren tried. Give him a ton of credit for that. Nashville said all along that money will not be an obstacle. Give them a ton of credit for sticking to their word on that. Now, it's time to move on.

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