The Predators have been poking around for weeks, looking to see what they could get in a trade for star defenseman Shea Weber, who's a restricted free agent. The fruitless talks have been maddening for Weber, and for all the teams waiting on Nashville, and last night the Flyers put an end to it all. They signed Weber to a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet, and the Preds now have seven days to match.
It's a ballsy move by Philly. Offer sheets, like what we've just gone through with Jeremy Lin, simply aren't done that often in hockey. (One of them nearly led to a GM barn fight.) It's seemingly a weird gentleman's agreement thing, and GMs get righteously pissed when they're used, even though they're totally above board. Interestingly, it was the Flyers who used the first offer sheet with a salary cap in place, agreeing with Ryan Kesler in 2006. Then-GM Bob Clarke said: