The Philadelphia Flyers are willing to make a major commitment with the offer sheet to which they signed Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber on Thursday. History has shown, however, that their daring might not pay off. The Flyers announced Thursday they signed Weber to a contract. TSN reported the deal to be 14 years and in excess of $100 million. Also, several reports have the deal being heavily front-loaded with significant signing-bonus money. Predators GM David Poile, in a statement released by the team, said: "We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea," but added, "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." This is the seventh time since the current Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed in the summer of 2005 that a restricted free agent has signed a contract with another team. However, only once in the previous six times did the player's current team not match the offer sheet. In fact, only twice in the last 15 years has a player switched teams after signing a free-agent contract that required compensation.
History of recent offer sheets presents varied results
NHL.com | Jul 19