Predators Release Statement on Weber Offer Sheet, Removes All Initial Content Suggesting Homer Go And F&#* Himself

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"Yeah, we're pretty fucked either way."

This is the official press release from the Nashville Predators GM David Poile regarding the Flyers offer sheet for Shea Weber:

"We are in receipt of the offer sheet signed between the Philadelphia Flyers and Shea Weber. Under the rules pertaining to an offer sheet, the Predators have one week to decide whether to match or accept the compensation. We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea. Our ownership has provided us with the necessary resources to build a Stanley Cup-winning team. Due to the complexity of the offer sheet, we will take the appropriate time to review and evaluate it and all of its ramifications in order to make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term.

“We do not anticipate any further comments on this situation until we make our decision within the next seven days.”

 

Translation: "Fuck you, Paul Holmgren."

Let's delve a bit into what these ramifications may be that Poile refers to in this statement. One of those ramifications may be the $26 million in guaranteed money in the first two years of this deal. Note that guaranteed money is paid on July 1st before the next year of the contract… so that means… this.

 

Not good for Nashville. Also not good? Weber is guaranteed a $13 million signing bonus in each of the first four years, not just the first two. That's $52 million in guaranteed money for Weber as on July 1, 2015… less than three years from now. That's absolutely insane.

Who knows if Nashville can even match that? I don't even think they do. Better yet, is it even worth it? I'll tell you what is worth it; losing four draft picks for Shea Weber. I've seen people complain about that but the fact of the matter is the Flyers are getting the best defenseman in the NHL. He's proven, and  there's no guarantee that they will find that in the draft. You don't know who those draft picks will be… but you know who Shea Weber is…

…your move, Poile.

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22 Responses

  1. I don’t care how much they pay Weber in signing bonuses. His cap hit is roughly the same as last year, and the rest of the money comes from Eddie’s pocket. They are really going for it and I love it.

  2. given where our first round picks would be, at the ass end of the 1st round, makes this even easier to part with the picks… there is also the chance that they trade us the picks back for some active players, that may be the deal they strike…. i’d rather have the 4 picks gone

  3. What Fat Guy said…not to mention Kimmo is done after this season and that’s around a 6 million dollar hit? There are some nice UFA’s out there after this upcoming season is over too…

  4. This is unreal!!!!!!!!!!
    When watching Pronger over the last couple years I always thought, “Damn, I wish they had him during his prime”. Well here it is.

  5. It will be great if the Flyers get him. We need a top line d-man and Weber is it. There is little chance Pronger will play next season, if there is a season.
    I’d love to see Weber in orange and black.
    Katie D.

  6. I want him here. I don’t care about the draft picks – we’re super young right now. We have a hole in defense and he is the brick and mortar. I just hope that Nashville’s pockets aren’t big enough. #WeberWatch

  7. So here’s a question I haven’t seen talked about at all. Despite the fact that the Flyers are offering a shit load of money to Weber, does the fact that it is heavily front loaded help the Flyers in a few years when some of these young guys (schenn, couts, read, simmonds, etc.) come up for new contracts? Less money spent down the road versus over the next 2 years or so? This is obviously all dependent on Nashville not matching.

  8. You have Giroux whose contract expires after 2013-2014 season, but they should never let him get to free agency and will need to strike a deal this upcoming season.
    You have the young guys who need to be retained soon, Coots, B. Schenn, Read.
    Hartsy wants an extension.
    Those are just off the top of my head, but if Homer can work this and ensure we lose none of the above, then I’m ok with it. But so help me God, if we throw all the money at Weber and can’t afford to keep the young talent in the years to come because of it, I will turn Homer’s shotgun right around on him.

  9. Flyers were trying to trade Nashville for Weber and grew tired of Nashville dragging their feet. Homer had a poison pill and used it…but he told them prior to doing so.
    Will be interesting to see what happens. Remember how the rest of the league freaked out when Clarke did the offer sheet for Kessler?
    The deal is a effing masterpiece by the Flyers when you really look at it. Weber wants out of Nashville anyway, so if the Preds match it Weber wouldn’t be too happy about it.

  10. I’m sure Nashville’s owner is close to suffering an anuerysm at the thought of paying ONE player nearly 20 percent of the franchise’s total worth next season. And that isn’t exactly a top five hockey market in terms of money to throw around like the Flyers or New York, no way will the Preds be able to match that offer. Homer has Poile’s balls in a vise and is squeezing HARD!

  11. Rube has a gun too, he just can’t seem to locate the damn trigger. Maybe Homer can take a break from sipping Mai Tai’s poolside and run a GM clinic for the other guys holding that position in this city.

  12. the flyers pull this shit and it’s a capped sport.
    hope the phillies are taking notes. lose the luxury tax bullshit and get it done with cole, if the phillies owners don’t pony up with that billion dollar tv deal on the horizon, they’re back in the doghouse.

  13. Pauly was all like “Im giving your star defenseman tons of dough so come at me bro”
    Then Poile was all SMH
    and the Paul was like YOLO

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