Predators match offer for Weber

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Nashville Predators have matched the staggering offering sheet made by the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Shea Weber.

The Predators made sure on Tuesday they will keep their star defenseman when they decided to pay him $110 million over 14 years. Weber, 26, is the Predators' captain and played on a $7.5 million arbitrator's award last season. He had 19 goals and 49 points along the way.

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Nashville already lost free-agent defenseman Ryan Suter to Minnesota this summer, and losing Weber would have been an unexpected blow to a defense-first team that had 104 points last season.

The Flyers were looking for someone to fill the void left by Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger's absence.

Weber hoped he would land in Philadelphia. Now, he will likely end his career in Nasvhille.

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