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Predators match offer sheet issued to Weber (Teams' releases are in post #335)
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07-24-2012, 03:02 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Exiled in NoVA
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Homer always gambles.
And it never pays off.
Weber signed the offer sheet with us because he wanted to be here. If we would've waited 1 more damn year, he could have been here. Hell, we might have even been able to offer 2 firsts and Voracek @ the deadline to acquire him if the Preds were out of the playoff hunt (a distinct possibility given the loss of Suter and the fact that they're in the West).
It was a fun 5 days and change, but this is a perfect microcosm of why we never win anything. Because Holmgren likes to gamble and he frequently loses.
I might consider this a minor victory of some sort of we saddled one of our rivals with a terrible contract or financial burden, but we didn't. We saddled a formerly good trade partner that plays in the West w/ a financial burden.
And we all but assured the fact that the Predators won't trade Weber to us down the line. And make no mistake about it... he could still be traded. The Preds would be able to trade him before they owe him that 2nd bonus. That means they could get away after only $14M. No big deal for the right return.
What Weber really wanted was a lifetime contract. In a year he'd have been signed in Nashville or signed and traded, maybe to the Pens or Rangers. Not necessarily to the Flyers.
As for the financial burden, they wouldn't have matched if they couldn't.
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