Weber was crushed by Nashville's inability (or unwillingness?) to sign his long-time partner Ryan Suter.
Nashville was also trying to deal Weber at the time of his signing the offer sheet, so I'm confident that both sides are looking for a clean break.
Been thinking today, though; what would it be like around here had it been GM Joe who floated that same offer sheet towards Shea? It's not like we can't afford him, and adding Weber makes us instant contenders. Not part of Gagliardi's game plan, I guess, or perhaps Weber's camp told the Stars not to bother.
If Weber was not ok with staying in Nashville for the next 14 years he would not have signed a 14 year offersheet.
I for one would have been ecstatic if we had made that same sheet for Weber hypothetically, he is probably the best defenseman in the league right now all things considered and would be easily worth giving up 4 firsts for a player of his caliber for 14 years
Anyone else find it funny that Erixon refused to sign in Calgary, decided that New York was where he wanted to play and now he finds himself trade to Columbus?
Pretty good deal for NYR. They gave up quite a few pieces but they got back a true first line forward. Nash has his issues but he's also scored at least 30 goals each of the past 5 seasons. Columbus must be taking the PHX approach this next season, as they have plenty of 2nd/3rd line players but not any real top line talent. They had better hope that they learn to play defense and that Bobrovsky has a Mike Smith type of season or Columbus will be looking at a lottery pick.
Howson has been working teams over this whole time looking for exceptional return. I'm sure he asked for Del Zotto (or more). Ultimately, Nash held all the cards and CLB didn't want to trade him to "rival" Detroit.
With the Nash drama behind 'em, my hot sports prediction is CLB improves significantly next season... pro-rated pace of 80+ points.
Ditto. Was expecting them to not match because that is a lot of dollars for a team with a history of tight budgets.
ESPECIALLY since if you look at that contract... 4 straight years of 13 million+ signing bonuses. Poile should've let him walk...
That's a tough choice to make because that's a massive payout, but you can't let one of the league's top defensemen go for draft picks. Especially after already losing Suter. Losing your top defensive pairing in one off-season would devastate a team. The only problem is that with that amount of cash tied in Weber, Nashville will likely go without true offensive talent again.
Thing I don't understand is that from Weber's agents comments the player signed the offer sheet because he doesn't want to stick around for another rebuild, or somesuch thing. So it seems he was basically counting on Nashville not matching. If he wanted out there were better ways and he still would've gotten that same type of contract in a year.