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Predators match Flyers' offer for Weber

July 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM   |   Comments

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NASHVILLE, July 24 (UPI) -- Nashville Tuesday matched a $110 million offer sheet from Philadelphia for Shea Weber, keeping the restricted free agent defenseman with the Predators.

Weber's new contract with the Predators is for 14 years -- the third-longest in the history of the league and the richest ever awarded in the 14-year history of the franchise.

"In tendering an offer sheet to Shea Weber, we were trying to add a top defenseman entering the prime of his career," Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said. "With Nashville matching our offer, we wish Shea and the Predators all the best."

Weber, a second-round draft pick of the Predators in 2003, has served as Nashville's captain since 2010. The 26-year-old has registered 99 goals and 164 assists over his seven NHL seasons.

He notched 19 goals and 30 assists in 78 games last season.

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