The Nashville Predators did what most would expect on Tuesday, matching the Philadelphia Flyers’ offer sheet for Shea Weber. In the end, it was simply a matter of what they couldn’t afford to do. Worse than paying Weber’s exorbitant salary was the prospect of coming out of this offseason with both members of their top defensive pairing having departed.
But, while the Predators now have their number one defenceman locked up just shy of forever, the Flyers still lack theirs.*As Ryan Lambert pointed out when the offer sheet was first announced, the fact that Weber was nearly a Flyer was one story. What it said about Chris Pronger’s career — that it was likely over — was another.