The Predators made a bold but necessary move by matching the massive offer sheet for Shea Weber, NHL analysts said Tuesday.
Taking on a 14-year, $110 million commitment was no small task for a small-market franchise. But the All-Star defenseman is a cornerstone of a team that went to the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons, and experts agreed his presence should keep the Predators in the Stanley Cup mix.
One analyst, however, isn't sure the positive vibes of Tuesday's announcement will last. Weber wouldn't have signed the offer sheet with Philadelphia if he didn't want out of Nashville, said Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.
"I would have thought that the Predators would have tried to work out a trade rather than match the offer," Campbell said. "What I think this means now is that Shea Weber is going to play for them for a year, and then this time next year he's going to demand a trade."
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