Almost one week ago, multiple teams were closing in on acquiring Shea Weber’ services to join a new team if the location was right. That is where Philadelphia went to “Plan B”: Send an offer sheet. And so they did. The offer sheet was a 14 year, 110 U.S. million dollar contract and Weber did not hesitate to sign it. It made sense for him. He was looking for a cup contending team and also looking to earn his due which is rightfully deserved. Nashville had seven days to match it and carefully looked over each detail of the contract. Five days later, they have finally decided to keep Weber in Nashville and try to contend for another cup run. Nashville, who already lost Ryan Suter, their former other top defenseman, left to Minnesota with a similar contract. That was a big blow to the team and losing Weber would have devastated the teams structure of a Stanley Cup contender. Now they can focus on adding pieces around Shea Weber
The details of the contract is the following: His cap hit per year is a league high of $7,857,143 dollars. For the first four years(2012-2013 to 2015-2016) he will earn a base salary of 14 million per year which includes a 13 million dollar signing bonus. The next two years(2016-2017 to 2017-2018) he will earn a base salary of 12 million dollars which include an eight million dollar signing bonus. Then, the next four years(2018-2019 to 2021-2022) he will be earning a base salary of six million dollars with no signing bonus. For the 2022-2023 season he will earn a base salary of three million dollars and the final three years of the contract (2023-2024 to 2025-2026) he will earn one million dollars with no signing bonus.
Not only has Nashville retained Weber, but they also signed former seventh overall draft pick of the 2008 draft, Colin Wilson. The contract is a three-year deal worth six million dollars. He is expected to make 1.5 million dollars the first year, two million the second year and 2.5 million the third year. Wilson, had a career high in assists (20) and also points (36), while tallying 16 goals. Wilson has been in the league for three years now and has steadily improved his game. He is a very talented player, but has played more of a defensive role. Wilson will be entering his fourth year and he is expected to have a breakout year on Nashville.