Brett Wilson (part owner of the Preds)
via twitter- "Am Aware of philly offer"
Nashville, Tenn. (July 19, 2012) Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile issued the following statement this morning:
"We are in receipt of the offer sheet signed between the Philadelphia Flyers and Shea Weber. Under the rules pertaining to an offer sheet, the Predators have one week to decide whether to match or accept the compensation. We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea. Our ownership has provided us with the necessary resources to build a Stanley Cup-winning team. Due to the complexity of the offer sheet, we will take the appropriate time to review and evaluate it and all of its ramifications in order to make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term.
We do not anticipate any further comments on this situation until we make our decision within the next seven days.
We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea.
So their intention would be to match, but they can't afford to? Nashville is in a crappy position this morning...if they let him go, the fans lose faith. They will probably not get a player close to Weber with those 4 picks.
If they sign him, they are shelling out so much, they can't afford to sign anyone else. It's a lose / lose situation.
I think they will match, and say they had to.
Homer better not let any of our young guys get within a year of RFA..or this will come back to bite us big time.