: Confirmed with Link:
Weber signed to offer sheet (TSN: 14 yrs, 110m, cap hit $7.8m per yr.)
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07-19-2012, 01:43 AM
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1- If there is a huge signing bonus this year (and next) and the Pred's owner fears a lockout is likely, he may be scared off.
2- This prevents the Pens and other rivals with cap space from acquiring him. So at the very least it is a win if the Preds match. I am sure there is a full NMC involved in the offer.
Point #1 is absolutely critical, imo. Nashville could be taking a
risk with their own finances by matching. With a lockout looming, it's very much possible that they wont give up all that money up front with all the revenue that would be lost to a lockout.
I think Holmgren realized that it was now or never. The fear of a lockout could be huge leverage here.
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