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« on: Jul 19, 2012 at 07:27 »

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/19/report-philadelphia-shea-weber-agree-on-a-14-year-offer-sheet/

Wow!.  Please, Nashville, please match this offer!  I really don't want to see Weber in black & orange.
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 19, 2012 at 09:15 »

There are some big time problems here.  I'm hearing it's a 15 year offer.  Will the league approve?  Do they have to approve before the Preds get a chance to match? Also I'm not so sure this is a good deal for the phlys--- it costs them their next four first rounders.

And it's not impossible that Weber is using the phlys to drive up what he gets from the preds. 
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 19, 2012 at 10:23 »

Update on prohockeytalk.com...

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According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the financials are in on Philadelphia’s offer sheet to Nashville defenseman Shea Weber — and they are staggering.

Kypreos reports the per-season breakdowns of the 14-year deal work like this:

First four seasons (2012-16): $1 million in salary, $13 million in signing bonuses

Seasons five and six (2016-18): $4 million in salary, $8 million in signing bonuses

Seasons seven to 10 (2018-22): $6 million in salary

Season 11 (2022-23): $3 million in salary

Seasons 12 to 14: (2023-26): $1 million in salary

Phew.

Okay, what it means for you non-mathletes out there…

– It’s a $7.9 million annual cap hit.

– The deal will pay $68 million in total signing bonuses.

– In the first six years, the deal will pay $80 million.

– Weber will be the only current NHLer under contract until 2025-26. (Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Ilya Kovalchuk are currently signed until 2024-25.)

As Kypreos notes, the structure of the deal might make matching difficult for Nashville. The prospect of shelling out $80 million over the next six years might be too much for the organization (which, it should be noted, was sold in 2007 for $193 million.)

We’ll have more throughout the day.

I don't think the 4 #1's concern Clarke all that much.  He's in a "win now at all cost" mindset.  It sounds like Clarke is forcing Nashville's hand into trading Weber to Philly rather than watching him walk away as a RFA.  Either way, if the league approves the offer, I don't see how he doesn't end up in Philly.  I was kind of hoping Shero would do something like this but he has too much integrity.  Bobby Clarke, not so much.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 19, 2012 at 10:59 »

I thought Holmgren was GM?
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 19, 2012 at 11:45 »

I thought Holmgren was GM?

You are correct. Paul Holmgren is the G.M. and Clarke is currently an executive with the team.  This offer sheet has Clarke written all over it though.  Clarke has a history of upsetting the apple cart with RFA offers.  First with Cris Gratton that resulted in an arbitration hearing and Mikeal Renberg being traded to Tampa in '98.  Then in 2006, Clarke made a RFA offer to Ryan Kessler of Vancouver forcing them to match.  It's an acceptable practice but most of the G.M.'s don't like doing it to one another.  Kind of a gentleman's agreement.
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 19, 2012 at 12:23 »

Kind of a gentleman's agreement.

Which, presumably, is why the Flyers have no part in it.
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 19, 2012 at 12:58 »

On a personal note, outside of the Pens organization, Shea Weber is my favorite NHL player.  Can't stand the thought of him putting on that philthy uniform.  Did I mention that I really wish Shero would have done this?  If they were prepared to throw that kind of money/years at Parise or Suter, Weber is a much better value.  Late first round draft picks are more important to the Pens than the Flyers, I guess.  That's 4 more defensive prospects we can add to our log-jam in Wilkes-Barre.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 19, 2012 at 13:35 »

It'd surprise me if we could afford Geno then and have 3 guys at 8-9 per.
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 19, 2012 at 18:54 »

I dunno if the first contract offer to Kovalchuk got rejected by the league, this one has to as well, right?  That contract is ridiculous
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 24, 2012 at 15:24 »

Great news out of Nashville.  The Predators agree to match the Flyers RFA contract offer to Weber.

Suck it, Philthy!
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 24, 2012 at 20:13 »

Man, if I was Poile I'd walk right up to Holmgren at the next GM meeting, punch him in the face and say, "That's for costing us another 14 mil, dickwad."
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