Nashville Predators say they're undecided on Flyers' offer sheet to Shea Weber

Shea Weber, waiting to see if Nashville matches offer. ap
Shea Weber, waiting to see if Nashville matches offer. ap
Posted: July 24, 2012

WITH FOUR NIGHTS to contemplate keeping Shea Weber for the next 14 years, the Nashville Predators have yet to make a decision whether to match the $110 million offer sheet the Flyers tendered the star defenseman last Wednesday.

When contacted by the Daily News on Sunday, Predators CEO Jeff Cogen referred to the original statement issued by the team on Thursday.

Similarly, the Flyers have not heard anything yet as to the Predators' intentions.

In their statement, Nashville general manager David Poile said they 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."

Nashville has until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday to decide whether to match the second-richest contract offer in league history. Weber will be either a Flyer or Predator next season. Should Nashville not match the deal, the Predators will be due four first-round picks in compensation for the two-time Norris Trophy finalist and restricted free agent.

The sides are not permitted to work out a trade that includes Weber, but the Flyers could decide to trade players tinter Predators in exchange for some of those picks back to help ensure Weber becomes a Flyer.

Doan visits Flyers

Multiple sources told the Daily News that free-agent forward Shane Doan visited the Flyers' brass in Philadelphia on Saturday after being courted by the Rangers on Friday. They are the only two teams Doan has visited so far.

Doan, 35, collected 50 points last year with Phoenix, his lowest total since 2002. He has been the team's captain since 2003 and is the last remaining original Coyote to make the move with the team from Winnipeg in 1996. His first option is to remain in the desert, though the Coyotes' constantly in-flux ownership has him pursuing other suitors.

Doan has reportedly received a 4-year, $30 million offer from one unidentified Eastern Conference team. The Flyers are one of many teams to be linked to Doan, including Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Vancouver and Montreal.

According to a source, Doan was in town "just checking his options," a path the Flyers also share. They are locked into Weber's offer sheet, but should that fall through, the Flyers would be in a position to make a run at the veteran. Doan will not be making a decision until after Nashville decides to pass or keep Weber by Wednesday night.

Slap shots

Former Flyer Dan Carcillo ripped his old team, saying in an interview in Chicago that "if we had better goaltending, maybe we would have put up a fight," in the 2010 Stanley Cup final against the Blackhawks. Carcillo also said he had "zero" respect for coach Peter Laviolette. Carcillo, who played just 28 games last year with Chicago, signed a 2-year, $1.65 million extension this summer … The Wells Fargo Center ranked third in the U.S. among Billboard Magazine's Top 10 venues for the first half of 2012. It hosted 46 events from Nov. 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012, drawing 379,058 fans and generating $21,180,722, ranking only behind Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles' Staples Center. n

Contact Frank Seravalli at seravaf@phillynews.com or @DNFlyers on Twitter. Read his blog, Frequent Flyers, at www.philly.com/frequentflyers.

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