Reaction to the Shea Weber offer sheet, why the NHL won’t start next season without a CBA, wondering if former Capitals will help the team now, Ilya Brzygalov plans for a possible lockout, summer workouts for NHL players, and a small town pundit says something really, really stupid about the NHL.
ON THE FORECHECK: Dirk Hoag breaks down the 14 year, $110 million offer sheet Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, and suggests it is time for the Predators to “put up or shut up“.
DEADSPIN: Barry Petchesky believes the Weber offer sheet is “a CBA-beating masterpiece”. He’s absolutely correct.
HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Bruce Peter considers the Weber offer sheet a smart play by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to prevent the Predators from possibly trading the blueliner to another club. Peter’s right, y’know…
THE HOCKEY GUYS: Tyler J. Altermose has the salary break down of the Weber offer sheet.
WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: Wondering why Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland was beaten to the punch by the Flyers. It’s because Holland doesn’t believe in offer sheets. If the Flyers actually successfully sign Weber away from the Preds, will that change Holland’s mind?
OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Sports lawyer Eric Macramalla explains why the NHL won’t start a new season without a new CBA in place, for not doing so would lessen its leverage over the players during negotiations.
BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Travis Hughes reports Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is set to play in Russia this season if there’s an NHL lockout. I daresay other Russian NHL’ers will soon be following Bryzgalov’s lead. Can’t blame them.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz wonders if hiring former Capitals (Adam Oates, Calle Johansson, Olaf Kolzig) as coaches will improve the club. At this stage, it probably couldn’t hurt.
HOLIK ON HOCKEY: Bobby Holik looks at the progression of summer training by NHL players since the 1980s.
DEADSPIN: Presents “Today in Insanely Homophobic statements From Small-Town Sports Reporters”, in which we’re regaled with the rantings of a small-minded twit making the tenuous link betwee the decline of fighting in the NHL and the “You Can Play” campaign. The mind reels…