Recommendation: Poile and the Predators did not comment Friday, however the team has until 11:59 pm Wednesday to decide whether to match the deal, which is reported to be $110 million over 14 years. If Nashville doesn’t match, it will receive four first-round draft picks as compensation. According to Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox, draft picks won’t be enough to offset the loss of Weber. “Those four first-round picks...they’re not worthless, but they’re just around the corner from worthless,” said Cox. “Nashville’s going to keep Shea Weber. What [Poile] can’t do and what he won’t do — I’m 99 percent certain — is just take the draft picks. This franchise can’t sustain something like that.”
Update: Preds' GM David Poile is expected to match the offer sheet signed by Weber earlier this week with Philadelphia, the Tennessean reports.
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