Thread: Shea Weber
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09-16-2011, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by ThirdManIn View Post
Offer sheets are welcome. Teams likely will not offer sheet him for much more than he will make this year (think in the $8m range), and if he signs one the Preds have the option to match. Say a team like Detroit decides to send Weber an offer sheet at a cap hit of $7.75m over the course of 6 years. The Preds can then match that offer sheet, and they retain Weber for that exact contract. It doesn't mean it happens, but it's possible. Offer sheets are not very likely, but they are not the end of the world if they do happen. (edit: cap circumvention is looked at very carefully now, and with the new CBA some of the present loopholes in contracts may be closed. An offer sheet could be heavily front loaded, which would put Nashville in a precarious position if they choose to match, but the league is looking at those types of contracts now.)
Here's an interesting scenario. Poile convinces one of his GM friends to make an offer sheet on Weber. Weber accepts and Poile then matches the contract.

Guess that's so obvious that even Weber's new agent would see through it. Hard to imagine anyone would make an offer sheet that Weber would accept knowing that Poile will probably match anything.

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