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Weber signed to offer sheet (TSN: 14 yrs, 110m, cap hit $7.8m per yr.)
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07-19-2012, 03:45 AM
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orange is better
Idk, something's fishy
Holmgren, before making any kind of trade for Weber, wanted to make sure Weber would sign a long-term deal in Philadelphia. This way, should Holmgren make a trade for Weber, he knows he's not blowing assets on someone who will walk away.
Holmgren, noticing that there was a competition for Weber, wanted to make sure it was not so easy for inter-division competition to get their hands on him. Now, until the moment Nashville matches, should they match (and they likely will), Weber is a Philadelphia Flyer. He cannot be anything other than a Flyer or a Predator for the 2012-13 season, and anyone looking into acquiring Weber afterwards is going to pay with their franchise.
Holmgren has been in discussions with the Predators about the possible trade of Weber to Philadelphia, and things were getting a bit too steep. Holmgren then forced his way into the market by declaring what he would pay for Weber; 4 1st round picks.
Holmgren really believes that the Preds' ownership is going to have a significant problem paying the finances to keep Weber in Nashville, particularly a first season to the tune of 26m.
Maybe Holmgren hopes that the Preds realize that Weber does not want to be there meaning that should the organization match, they have to pay $26m, which is a huge chunk of Weber's contract, up front just to trade him a year later. That's a pretty irresponsible thing.
All parties, realizing that there could be impending doom for the lifetime contract in the near future, decided it was necessary to secure Weber for life. Regardless of what happens in the future, Weber has earned his lifetime paycheck. To him its a bonus if he plays for someone else, but at least he's not jumping contract to contract under a new CBA. Even Nashville for life isn't as bad as a lack of job security.
Maybe Holmgren was doing Nashville a favor. The two teams do have a history.
Maybe Holmgren said, "**** it. I'm bored."
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