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07-19-2012, 01:46 AM
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Holmgren essentially just assured that the Preds get Weber for 14 years or they get compensated for losing Weber.
I dont think the relationship between Poile and Holmgren is completely ruined. People should realize that there was a very real chance of Weber signing a 1 year deal and walking next July 1st like Parise did.
From Dreger's tweets, it seems as if Holmgren had a deal lined up for a few weeks, Poile dragged his feet, and Holmgren said, "I cant wait forever".
I wouldnt be shocked if Holmgren told Poile that an offer sheet was coming if he didnt get a decision soon. In fact, I wouldnt be shocked to see another Chris Gratton scenario-- Poile doesnt match, then Holmgren and Poile work out a deal that Poile likes and they return the four 1st rounders for Voracek+whatever else Poile wants.
To assume this was some blindside play by Holmgren is a little naive. This is a situation that has been speculated on by fans-- I'm sure the Preds were aware that this was a possibility.
I thought of that, but Poile probably isn't happy for a couple reasons. For one, he probably wouldn't have structured it like Holmgren has, which makes it a tough pill to swallow. Two, probably wouldn't have been such a long-term deal. Three, if they were to trade him, compensation would've been a lot more than four firsts(although if they wanted to keep him, this doesn't matter). Most importantly, though, they had a ton of leverage and probably could've gotten him signed cheaper. Unless Weber wanted out, in which case Holmgren did them a favor.
Still, a lot of it's the gesture that stings. If they were in serious trade talks where the Preds get back Couturier, Voracek+++, trying to go around that because they dragged their feet a little probably won't be cool with Nashville. Hell, Edmonton did Burke a favor by giving up 1+2+3 for Penner, yet he was furious about it.
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