NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 4, 2012.

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.

Weber & Predators still talking “no-trade” clause.

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.


  1. If i was nashville, i would ship weber to the islanders for tavares and rhienart next summer, that weber will never play in the playoffs alone win a cup

  2. I don’t get why predators would ever agree to add something that ONLY benifits Weber? Guess they can’t agree to paycut for ntc?

  3. That is a good question…why would Nashville give Weber a NTC? How could it possibly benefit them?

  4. Fedorov will get cheered by Wings’ fans. He is a class act on and off the ice, and was a real leader to the Caps’ young Russian players. He would come out of the dressing room with ice on both knees to sign autographs.

  5. God question Capsfan and Johnny Bo, what the hell does Webber have to offer in return for that NTC? I am assuming because it was an offer sheet the money can not be altered nor signing bonus so what the hell? No way the Preds should go for this unless some money or years can be left on the table.

  6. I hope that Poile realizes that the only control over the Weber situation he has is not giving into a NMC/NTC. Weber used every tool available to get the best contract possible, and Poile would be foolish to give up the “one” tool he has. Weber made this decision and he needs to be accepting of the consequences. What’s he gonna do? Hold out? Nashville owes him absolutely nothing. I would think that the next CBA will also have more restrictions on NMC/NTC.

    Completely off topic, but as a Canadian, is anyone else embarrassed as I am that the only Gold medal our athletes won was in an event from Americas Funniest Home Videos……..

    • I would love to see you do what they did. You’ll be dead in two seconds

  7. I think Rick nash is a very classy person for what he did. There arent too many many pro atheletes that would do such a thing. Most wouldnt care what the fans thought. As much as i dislike the Rangers. I think I will root for them in the playoffs, if it comes to that. I think Rick deserves a shot at the cup. He has shown the most respect for this city during this entire mess of a trade.

  8. Classy move by Nash, much like Halladay did when he left the Blue Jays.

    As for no movement clause. If he gets it or not it will still help mend some fences with his teammates and the fans. If he is seeking a NTC it indicates he is committed to the franchise.

  9. no it doesnt mean he is commited to the team.it means he can put the stop to a trade later that could help the preds.he didnt have to sign the offer sheet,so deal with the consequences.

  10. Or making sure he doesn’t get dealt to Edmonton or Winnipeg or New York Islanders where as it has been pointed out he will never be playing for a Stanley Cup but the same could be said for Nashville as well due to their lack of success lol