Rumor: Weber watns around 5 million
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06-12-2008, 04:48 PM
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I think the point many fans made, and which is being overlooked and regarded as us undervaluing Weber, is that he simply was not anywhere close to a 5-6.5 million dollar player. He could be, but right now, he isn't (or I should say - wasn't).
However, other GMs who wish to make an offer sheet know that they have to pay more than what the player is currently worth to ensure that the Preds don't match.
Therefore, it is incumbant on the Preds to make Weber an offer that will get him to sign with them.
This is how the business of the NHL is done these days. You'll see a few more Offer Sheets simply because the group of UFAs is so small. Wasn't the case in the old days before the lockout. Everyone seems to be locking their to soon to be UFAs, making the available pool pretty small.
So, the option is then to consider RFA's. You owe compensation in terms of draft picks, but with the rising cap, the RFA compensation thresholds rise as well, and so you can have a deal worth 6.5 million per year that will only cost you 2 1st, 1 2nd, 1 3rd for a player under 25 who you can lock up for 5-8 years. It's something teams are going to consider.
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