Thread: Speculation: Shea Weber
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07-05-2012, 03:05 PM
Jack de la Hoya
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I'm warming to the idea of a 1 year, 8.4 million OS.

Here's the argument, as I laid it out on the trade board:
If a team really believes that they can land him next year at UFA, but can't work out an acceptable trade now with Nashville right now, Weber's signing a 1 year, 8.4 million offer sheet has two possible advantageous outcomes/

1) If Nashville does not match, the club [Flyers] gets Weber for 2012-13 at the price of two (presumably late) 1sts, a 2nd, and a 3rd. That's a bit steep, perhaps, but it also gives you an entire year to negotiate an extension. When you consider that his rights alone would easily go for a 2nd at the draft next year, and that the going rate for a veteran top-4 (let alone top-pairing) defenseman at the deadline is a 1st, the extra 1st + 3rd isn't an outrageous price for the first three-quarters of the season.

2) if Nashville does match the OS, they cannot trade Weber for the next calendar year, or, in this case, until he becomes UFA on July 1. This would prevent another team from acquiring and extending Weber before the Flyers have the opportunity to present their big-$ deal next summer.

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