Rick Nash thanks Blue Jackets fans, an update on Shea Weber’s “no-trade” clause, Red Wings GM hopes fans will cheer for Sergei Fedorov, and an interesting tidbits about CBC’s rights for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Former Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash yesterday took out a full page ad thanking Blue Jackets fans for their nine years of support.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cynics will simply dismiss this as a PR move by Nash, but I believe his appreciation of the support he received from Blue Jackets fans is sincere. Nash honestly wanted to help turn the Jackets into a perennial playoff club and a Stanley Cup contender, but it simply didn’t work out. It wasn’t his fault, as management failed to build a good supporting cast around him.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a report in The Tennessean noting there’s been some talk between Predators management and Shea Weber regarding the addition of a “no-trade” clause in his contract, but there’s yet to be a resolution.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weber’s critics consider his seeking a “no-trade” clause adding insult to injury after signing a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers, forcing the Predators to match the offer. Actually, it’s a shrewd move by the Weber camp, for while the Predators cannot trade him for one calendar year, they could move him anywhere they wanted next summer if they wanted. I’ve also been asked why Weber is allowed to negotiate for the inclusion of a “no-trade” clause. It’s my understanding such clauses aren’t permitted in offer sheets under the current CBA, but can be negotiated in once the offer is accepted.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings GM Ken Holland is hoping Wings fans will cheer Sergei Fedorov when he returns to play for the Wings alumni in the Winter Classic alumni game. Fedorov was regularly booed by Detroit fans whenever he played the Wings after departing via free agency in 2003.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I suspect Wings fans will forgive Fedorov and cheer him as loudly as Flyers fans did for Eric Lindros in this year’s Winter Classic alumni game. He had his best seasons as a Red Wing, and was instrumental in their consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 1997 and 1998, as well as their 2002 championship.
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Not only did the CBC successfully win the rights to televise the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics, but if NHL players don’t participate in the 2014 games in Sochi, it could pay less.