Shea Says No To New York, Yes To Philly!

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No it’s not Shea Stadium, it’s Shea Weber, the NHL Nashville Predators’ Defenseman who turned down the New York Rangers and instead signed an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers for $110 million over 14 years. A massive front-loaded contract that will be challenging for the Predators to match, and keep Weber on their team. But they appear to want to do so, as Predators general manager David Poile 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…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.
Weber visited New York before signing with the Flyers, but didn’t feel comfortable in the big apple. He prefers a small-town feel, and even though Philadelphia is still a major city, it’s not quite the metropolis that New York is.
The Predators meanwhile, can’t afford to let Weber go after losing Ryan Suter to the Minnesota Wild a few weeks ago. they will have to sign him to keep in the mix for the playoffs. If they lose him, it would be a PR nightmare even worse than the New York Knicks losing Jeremy Lin.

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