Two days of the sentence will include 'workhouse' type of work - garbage pickup. Byfuglien's lawyer Mitch Robinson had hoped his client could serve the community in some sort of hockey-related matter but the Judge refused, saying Byfuglien would be treated like anyone else.
Not surprised. The Preds without Weber would have gone down hill fast and even Poile may not have been able to put the pieces back together.
The bad news for us? I always thought Weber was the better of their big two defenseman and he's now signed long term. I'd still bet on them to make the playoffs next year even with the loss of Suter. Poile has some interesting decisions over the next 12 months--a lot of guys with expiring contracts. He might want to go ahead and lock up some of those guys now.
As I understand it,and that's far from believing I'm 100% right, by matching the Preds have agreed to the signing bonuses, salaries, length, etc but a contract with all the i's dotted and t's crossed still has to be worked out.
I was reading on tsn.ca that it is rumored/expected that Weber's agents will ask for some sort of NMC or NTC provision in his contract.
Weber got the contract he wanted, maybe that was more important than which destination he ended up at. Since we can't be 100% sure of his intentions, I'm not sure Skraut's analogy is accurate.
The consensus seems to be that "contract he wanted" was a higher priority, considering that indications otherwise were all advanced by his agents... and his agents also swore up and down that Nashville never made a comparable offer to them, which (thanks to an interview with minority owner Brett Wilson, listenable here) has been debunked. (I highly recommend that interview regardless. It's fun. )
Consequently, they're the folks I end up with the lowest opinion of in that whole mess. Matt Calvert works with them as well, and I'm kind of wondering if we can get his contact info and thereby send a few messages to convince him to switch.
"Every game, every point is a necessity." -- Ty Conklin, January 2007
"I'll have a chance to compete for the post of first issue. This is the most important thing." -- Sergei Bobrovsky, June 2012