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07-24-2012, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhett4 View Post
I'm surprised that they're surprised. Offer sheets are like a challenge, and even financially strapped or fiscally responsible teams see it as an affront that can't be ignored. Either bite the bullet or look weak. I doubt Nashville or Golisano a few years back wanted to match and pay out the nose...but it's almost as if you have to do it. If Weber really wanted to get out of town, he certainly lost. If he just wanted a boatload of money, then steaks and beer on him tonight.
The Vanek situation wasn't quite as much of impact on the bottom line as Weber's deal is. Vanek's salary was roughly 22% of the Sabres payroll. Weber, in the next 11 months will make roughly half of what Nashville paid its entire team this past season. Its an insane amount of money for a budget team to shell out. In that context its a little surprising Nashville matched.

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