Still more reaction to the Shea Weber offer sheet, remembering Jessica Redfield, why the NHLPA shouldn’t give up more of their share of revenue, and how NHL waivers work.
CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin explains why he expects the Nashville Predators will match the huge offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Shea Weber.
HOLIK ON HOCKEY: Bobby Holik is surprised more teams don’t use offer sheets, especially last summer when Steven Stamkos was eligible to receive one.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The reason given is they’re almost always matched, which will be given more credence if the Predators indeed match the Flyers offer for Weber.
MILE HIGH HOCKEY: Cheryl Bradley remembers her friend Jessica Redfield, a Colorado Avalanche correspondent who was among the victims of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting.
RAW CHARGE: John Fontana with a smackdown on the NHL’s rationale for attempting to squeeze the players for more hockey-related revenue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve repeatedly said months before the league made their initial proposal seeking to reduce the players HRR share, such a move is merely kicking the can down the road. The real solution is improved revenue sharing. If the league continues to turn a blind eye to that reality (at the behest of big market owners who don’t want anything which cuts into their profits), they’ll face the stark choice of relocating or folding franchises. The Thrashers move to Winnipeg to become Jets 2.0 was a harbinger the league cannot ignore.
HOCKEY WILDERNESS: Confused over how NHL waivers work? “BReynolds” explains the process.