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Shaken Hockey World Reacts to Flyers’ Massive, Ballsy, Late-Night Offer Sheet Agreement with Shea Weber

Kyle Scott - July 19, 2012

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Paul Holmgren kicked earth last night.  

The Flyers and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber have agreed to a 14-year offer sheet, reported to be worth upwards of $100 million. The Preds will have one week to match the Flyers’ offer. If they do, Weber goes back to Nashville– no questions asked. If they don’t, Weber comes to Philadelphia (he was allegedly here last week) and the Flyers will owe up to four consecutive first-round picks to the Predators. That’s a lot, but the Flyers have spent the last year retooling and getting younger. They have high-ceiling youngsters Brayden Schenn and Sean Couutier, as well as Scott Laughton, who they drafted this year. Plus, there’s Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek (for now), Matt Read and others. They are plenty young, and adding a defenseman like Weber, one of the best in the league, is a huge move to win now and in the future. Weber is only 26 and would be locked up with the Flyers until he is 40. That’s intentional, because, per the NHL’s CBA (which is probably going to be shredded and saucered into the wind soon), the cap hit for a player signed to a long-term deal that takes him beyond his 41st birthday is determined by the average of yearly salaries until the year the player turns 40. Basically, tacking on years beyond someone’s 41st birthday does no good to lessen his cap hit. So, Weber’s would be $7.15 million per year with a 14-year, $100 million deal.

It’s a balls-out move from Holmgren. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, who broke the news, the Flyers set several deadlines for a trade with the Predators, but, when they all passed, Holmgren just decided to make an offer. Here, match this!

Predators part-owner Brett Wilson, who was presumably rocketed to consciousness late last night by a massive teabag from Holmgren, acknowledged his, um, knowledge of the offer: 

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The ball’s, quite literally, in his court now.

Let’s hear some reaction. First, the Flyers, who confirmed the offer sheet, but said there would be no further comment at this time. Though I’m hearing they may just put two massive stones on display at the Wells Fargo Center for all to admire. 

Here's their entire press release:

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They could have just said "BOOM" and been done with it.

Clearly, adding Weber would be a massive win for the Flyers and give them one of the best defenses in the league– a huge shift from where they were last season. 

[If you're looking for more info, each of these takes are worth reading in their entirety]

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Weber is a game-changer if his deal goes through; an elite defenseman, a strong leader and an offensive force. The Eastern Conference has just witnessed a seismic shift in power.

For Weber, it was an interesting call: Signing a deal now that could be susceptible to a salary rollback (his rather large signing bonuses would be protected), or waiting until a new CBA is settled, running the risk that term limits will be a part of the new rules.

So he opted for the term now, money lost in a rollback be damned.

 

Philly.com, Sam Carchidi:

Give the Flyers credit for their boldness. If they land Weber, they would probably have the league's best defense, one that might look like this: Weber and Kimmo Timonen, his former Nashville teammate; Braydon Coburn and Nick Grossmann; and Andrej Meszaros and Luke Schenn.

Bruno Gervais, Erik Gustafsson, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Andreas Lilja would be among the candidates for the extra D-man spot.

By giving an offer sheet to Weber, the Flyers are, in a roundabout way, saying what everyone has feared — that Pronger's Hall-of-Fame career is over because of a concussion.

 

Broad Street Hockey:

It's late at night and really tough to digest this in full, but the initial reaction is that: a) Shea Weber is an amazing defenseman and having him on the team fills any hole on defense and would make this club immediate Cup contenders in 2012-13, b) losing four firsts would hurt but the Flyers are already pretty damn young and ready for a long run with this group and c) holy shit, is it fun to be a fan of this team or what?

 

Though the Predators will have a chance to match, the Flyers reportedly offered up to $26 million in one year, which would be a lot for a team like the Predators to handle.

Philly.com, Frank Seravalli:

According to Dreger, the deal may be structured in a way that would prevent a small-market club like Nashville from matching the offer, by way of $26 million in signing bonuses between now and July 1, 2013. That may be tough for Nashville to match, since they would be forking over nearly 16 percent of their entire franchise’s net worth ($163 million in 2011 according to Forbes magazine) in one calendar year.

Currently, the Flyers have approximately $12.7 million in cap space available for next season, not including Pronger's $4.91 million which can be moved to the long-term injury list. That number is based on the temporary cap ceiling of $70.2 million, which could indeed fall based on the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current deal expires on Sept. 15, and with a lockout now looming, the NHL's first proposal at the negotiating table included a cap drop to $64 million for next season. Any of those numbers could limit the Flyers to re-signing restricted free agent Jake Voracek, who is due for a decent raise.

 

Of course, the overwhelming sentiment is that the Flyers may have done the Predators a favor here. If they match the offer, they can control Weber FOOOOR-EEEEVV-EEEERR. 

HockeyBuzz.com:

Holmgren and Poile are buds.. Holmgren knows Poile has already stated publicly he would match any offer sheet made to Weber. Now you could say he is just a GM making a statement to try and scare people away…that he can't be serious here…to which I would reply, "Have you MET David Poile?"

The Flyers offer sheet may be exactly what Poile needs to get a deal done. It's far easier to justify a contract of this size when you are telling your owners Philly has offer sheeted him than when you are saying I want to offer Weber 20 million upfront and another 120 over the next 14 years. (just a guess on the contract's possible price range based on what I am hearing)

There are many out there saying Weber signing this means he has said goodbye to Nashville. I would venture to say it is exactly the opposite. Weber has heard what Poile has said. What Weber did in allegedly agreeing to this deal, and it as of yet confirmed, is given up his UFA next season. Weber very well may have just agreed to play the rest of his career as a Predator, and one thing you can say for certain is Shea Weber is perfectly willing to spend the rest of his career in Nashville. That would be my guess as to how this plays out. 

 

ProHockeyTalk:

As we previously mentioned, Predators GM David Poile and the team’s ownership would be in for a huge backlash from the fans if they allowed Weber to walk, especially after their inability to re-sign Ryan Suter earlier this month.

On top of that, the Nashville Predators are currently $13,345,833 million under the salary floor with 18 players penciled in for their 2012-13 roster, according to Cap Geek. So not only do they have the space to afford this massive contract, they actually kind of need it just to get closer to the floor.

In some ways, this might turn out to be the Flyers handing the Predators the mother of all gifts. All Nashville has to do is match it and it’ll get him for the rest of his career.

 

Whatever happens, one thing is for sure– Paul Holmgren is sooooo much fun. He just couldn’t let a July go by without getting nutty.

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On the other hand, it's awesome to see a general manager out there actually remembered they can hand out offer sheets to restricted free agents. It's so rare in hockey to see it happen even though I can't understand why, the "unwritten rule" talk is ridiculous when it exists in the CBA.

Naturally it was Paul Holmgren to pull the trigger on one too. Among many things that would probably describe Holmgren one of them is chutzpah. He has some serious guts with the moves he makes as the Flyers GM.

And just imagine Weber fitting in Philly. Oh would that be a site for sore eyes. They have a gaping hole on the blue line and what better way to fill that void than with one of if not the best defenseman in all of hockey? Four late-first-round picks doesn't seem like a bad price at all. OK that's an understatement. It's no deterrent at all if you're Holmgren.

 

Now, we wait.

Report: Jagr Will Become a Free Agent

Kyle Scott - June 18, 2012

This is not surprising, but is a mild shift from what Jaromir Jagr's agent told CSN Philly earlier this month– that the two sides were working on a deal and looking to get something done before the draft.

Of course, Jagr's agent could just be posturing by saying his client wants to be a free agent…

I'll let reader Joe sum up my feeling on the issue:

We all liked Jagr, but he hit a wall in March.

Some Brief AM (ex?)-Phillies News: More on Jimmy Rollins’ Crummy Agent and Jamie Moyer is Writing a Book

Kyle Scott - December 1, 2011

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Surely you remember the story from last week about Jimmy Rollins’ agent, Dan Lozano, who, according to Deadspin sources, is one of the worst people in the world. Among his misdeeds, Lozano allegedly lures clients in by pretending that he's someone he’s not, uses hookers to both woo and blackmail clients, and repeatedly lies about his past.

Not surprisingly, Lozano’s lawyer had a few things to say about those claims. He sent Deadspin a letter before their story was published, and in it, denied many claims… claims which Deadspin never intended to publish, anyway. 

In a way that is oh-so-A.J. Daulerio, the now Gawker editor let Lozano’s lawyer bring to the surface some claims that otherwise would have never seen the light of day. You can read all of them here, but there’s one interesting denial that we’d like to point out. Take it away, Dan Lozano’s lawyer:

The charities where my client serves an officer of for Jimmy Rollins and Albert Pujols are not being used by my client for any personal benefits whatsoever. The assertion to the contrary is a false and absolute defamatory accusation. 

 

So, there you have it– Lozano is not using J-Roll’s™ charity for personal benefit, a claim that none of us knew anything about until right now.

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In other, less seedy news, Jamie Moyer is going to be writing a book about exactly what you would have thought Jamie Moyer would write a book about: the mental aspect of pitching. His co-author will be Daily News editor Larry Platt. From Phillyburbs.com:

"It's basically the continuing education of 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer," says Platt of the book which he expects to be released by the beginning of the 2013 baseball season. "Here's a guy who had been cut by three teams at 31, then he meets Harvey Dorfman. He starts to realize pitching is what takes place from the neck up. He learns that pitching is using hitters' egos against themselves." 

 

Dorfman is, of course, Roy Halladay’s mind-fuck doctor who passed away earlier this year. 

Anyway, Moyer’s book sounds like a real page-turner… full story here.

Worst Person in the World Nomination: Jimmy Rollins’ Agent, Dan Lozano

Kyle Scott - November 23, 2011

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You know it’s bad when you give agents a bad name.

Without being too unfair, agents are essentially the pilot fish of professional sports: They latch on beneath the sharks that are talented word-class athletes and gobble up small percentages of their earnings. Though the shark would rather save the whole loot for himself, the fish serve an important and necessary role, cleaning remnant food and accompanying parasites from the shark. So the shark doesn’t eat them.

Agents perform odd jobs to keep their clients happy… and take small (but substantial) portions of their earnings. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when we read a tale about a skeevy agent. But Dan Lozano, the agent for Jimmy Rollins and Albert Pujols, among others, is a creep of a different class. Deadspin has the story:

According to one competitor, Lozano "was known around the agent scene as a hooker ringleader," and women were his primary and most effective method of wooing potential clients.

"You come out for a meeting," explains that agent, who emphasizes that the practice isn't limited to Lozano. "You have a good time, some good drinks, you take a girl to bed, what's going to happen? You're a 20-year-old kid, and you think every agent is pretty much the same. You're going to pick the one who's fun to hang out with."

Not to mention, he adds, it lets an agent "have something on the guy."

 

That's certianly nothing new for agents, nor is it to imply that Jimmy was a part of those shenanigans, but the article is a fascinating glimpse inside the world of an agent. And if you’re wondering if that article includes graphic pictures of cunnilingus… well, yes it does.

Give it a read.

John Mayberry Jr. is Trying to Date a Married Mermaid, Allegedly

Kyle Scott - September 7, 2011

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Third one from the right 

As always, John Mayberry Jr. mermaid posts are best read while listening to this song:

Oh holy hell.

Sometimes there are stories so awesome and ridiculous that you just drop everything and run to the computer. This is one of those stories.

John Mayberry Jr. seeks a mermaid.

Antoinette Nikprelaj, to be exact. She played one of the evil mermaids in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The New York Post (always reliable…) has obtained the email sent by Mayberry's agency, CAA, to Innovative Artists, the Hollywood agency that counts Nikprelaj as one of their clients.

Ladies and gentlemen, the email:

I hate to even be sending you this e-mail, and I’m quite embarrassed to say the least, but we have a young client on the Philadelphia Phillies who asked us if we knew any agents at Innovative Artists and could connect him to Antoinette Nikprelaj.

I know you’re not a dating or set-up service, but John Mayberry Jr. (Phillies OF) would love to meet Antoinette or invite her to a baseball game sometime. Would this be possible?

Here’s a bio of John to give you some more info on him (he’s a great guy, down-to-earth, humble, Stanford-educated, etc.) Thanks for considering this as you know how this business is and servicing clients.

 

Awesome. Just awesome. 

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I’m not sure why Mayberry is going through all this trouble, though. There’s some talk from his teammates that he was thinking of joining Twitter. Perhaps now he will. He can simply send Nikprelaj a Tweet (@ItsAntoinette). 

Of course, whatever the means of communication, Mayberry may not get the response he's looking for. Nikprelaj is married. Or at least she was in February of this year, when this Oakland Press article was written:

Months of pre-production self-defense and weapons training have been grueling, but the sacrifice proving most difficult for the young star is being away from her husband Nua and 3-year-old daughter Gianna.

“I miss them so much,” said Nikprelaj. “They are my life, but I am doing this also for them, because I see a great potential to become successful.” 

 

Sorry, John. May we recommend another mermaid? Perhaps a redhead?

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[Related: John Mayberry-mermaid Photoshops]

H/T to (@AK47_NLbeast) and Bill for the links

Jeff Carter’s Agent Isn’t Worried About Potential Trade

Kyle Scott - June 13, 2011

Via Philly Sports Daily:

“I’ve spoken with Paul [Holmgren] a number of times and am not concerned about the rumors,” Curran said. “That’s just what they are.”

 

Read the full story.

Bryzgalov’s Agent Speaks with WIP

Kyle Scott - June 9, 2011

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Holy shit!!!

I feel like Stacey, Jeannie, and Carol-Anne (Elisha Cuthbert) from that scene in Love Actually where Colin walked into a bar in the middle of Wisconsin and immediately swept the three woman off their feet with his foreign charm. He says bottle. Like the girls in the movie, we too have suffered through long, cold winters without the comfort of a quirky British dude goalie. And he likes Freemasons. Wait until Lavs meets him… he’s crazy about goaltenders [don’t act like you don’t get this reference].

Bryzgalov’s agent, Rich Winter, joined the Cuz and Prof on WIP this morning. In short: it looks good.

As pointed out by Macnow, Winter was in full-fledged agent mode, talking about how Bryzgalov is a family man and would love the school systems here in Philly. He also somehow tried – and failed – to explain why there was more pressure on Bryz in Phoenix than there would be here. Right.

As we learned yesterday in an email exchange with Philly Sports Daily’s Dave Isaac, Bryz is a big American history buff, according to Winter:

“Ilya’s an American history buff in a manner that would have surprised many. Certainly surprised me when he started talking about the Freemason’s influence on George Washington’s presidency when we had one of our first meetings.

He’s a very well read guy, he’s a very interesting guy, and he’s very excited about the possibility.

He’s quite eager to come and take a look at it.”

 

Bottle.

Who wouldn’t trade for an American history buff stud Russian goalie?

Given that fact, this video from yesterday, and his wardrobe, it seems like Bryz is a whole barrel of fun. But what will it take to sign him?

While Winter didn’t discuss dollars or years, there’s obviously financial issues that will have to be resolved.

“Our dialog’s been nothing but positive and, ya know, Ilya’s not been in position to secure a long-term contract in the prime of his career yet, and he’ll be looking to do that. And he’ll be looking to stay in Philadelphia for a long, long time. He’s very much a family oriented man… his kids, his daughters, are early in elementary school, his son’s about to. He would like to settle into a place where they’d have some stability.”

 

OK, OK, enough with the agent speak. We get it.

Winter went on to say that Bryz and his wife (seen above, ZOMG) have already done research on the area and will likely be flying into Philadelphia in the next week or so- quick, somebody get John Clark down to the airport with a camera crew. I’m assuming Carts won’t host Bryz and his wife in Sea Isle. Something tells me he won’t be impressed with the Vladimir Vodka at The OD.

Despite all the posturing, it looks like Bryz is going to sign here. Prof and Cuz agree. You can hear the full interview after the jump. Thanks to Jamie from 610 for hooking up the podcast.

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Jayson Werth Wants a Discount on New Agent, Doesn’t Like Twitter

Kyle Scott - September 13, 2010

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We told you last week that Jayson Werth was reportedly looking for a new agent.  Scott Boras appeared to be the leading candidate, but Werth wants his new agent to take 3-3.5% commission on his contract (plus a flat fee), instead of the more traditional 5% commission.  Good luck.  The NY Times points out that a big-time agent like Boras or the Levinson brothers would never agree to such a deal because it would set a standard with their other clients.  

Werth also said that nothing is finalized in regard to his agent.  "Those are all Twitter rumors", he said.  But a source confirmed to the Times that he did notify his current agent, The Beverly Hills Sports Council, that he's leaving them.  

Also, the Yankees may not be the front runner to land Werth, since Nick Swisher is under contract at $10.25 million next season.  According to the Times, Werth is in line for at least a four-year, $66 million contract.