The Nashville Predators have only two choices -- match the offer sheet captain Shea Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, or accept the compensation.
They've got seven days to come up with a decision -- and a lot to consider before they do.
The offer sheet Weber, a restricted free agent, signed with the Flyers is reportedly a heavily front-loaded 14-year, $110 million contract. If Nashville passes, it is believed they would get four first-round draft picks from the Flyers during the next five years. The compensation package is tied to the average annual value of the contract offered.
General manager David Poile said in a statement the organization's intention has always been to match any offer sheet to retain Weber, but, "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."
If the Predators match, they will be signing Weber to a contract with the exact terms of the offer sheet, which reportedly includes $80 million of actual money during the first six years of the contract. The CBA also stipulates that if the Predators match the offer sheet to retain Weber, they are not allowed to trade him for a period of one year.