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The Predators said the decision to match the offer came down to three factors.

_ Was Weber the individual that this franchise wanted to lead our team, a team that would compete for the Stanley Cup every year, for the next 14 years?

_ Would matching the offer sheet be in the best long-term interest of the team and organization?

_ Would a decision not to match the offer sheet send a negative message to current Predators players and other NHL organizations, a message that the Predators would only go so far to protect its best players and be pushed around by teams with “deep pockets?”

“The answer to each of the above questions is clearly “yes,’” the team said.

The Flyers are left to figure out what’s next.


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