At the Nashville Predators' souvenir shop inside Bridge-stone Arena, anything with Shea Weber's No. 6 on it — T-shirts, jerseys, caps, you name it — was a brisk seller Wednesday.

It might have been because the store was offering a $6 discount. But the more likely reason was fans, including several hundred who crowded a news conference in 95-degree weather outside the arena, showing their appreciation for the team's move to keep the popular defenseman.

Now, Predators officials are banking on that enthusiasm continuing through the next 14 seasons, helping them not only justify the second-richest deal in National Hockey League history but also to pay it off.

"It's for you. You deserve it," Predators CEO Jeff Cogen told fans celebrating the team's decision to match Weber's 14-year, $110 million offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers.