Hockey world awaiting the Predators decision on Shea Weber’s offer sheet, an NHL player offers up his take on the CBA negotiations, a player agent suggests a revenue-sharing plan, an update on Dan Carcillo, Avalanche to honor murdered blogger, and the latest contract signings.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators ownership’s pledge not to lose players over money is being tested by the Philadelphia Flyers offer sheet for Predators captain Shea Weber. The Predators have until 11:59 pm on Wednesday (July 25) to match the offer. The signing has brought to the fore tensions between big market, free-spending teams like the Flyers and non-traditional markets like Nashville.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a difficult situation for Predators management. If they re-sign Weber, they’ll be stuck with his huge contract, and if his agent’s comments are anything to go by, they could also have an unhappy defenseman on their hands. If they don’t match, sure, they’ll get four first round picks, plus they might also cut a side deal with the Flyers for a couple of players, but having already lost Ryan Suter to free agency, losing Weber as well to an offer sheet probably won’t go down well with Predators fans. Mind you, if the Predators had done the right thing by Weber and re-signed him last summer to a long-term extension, they wouldn’t be in this situation now. Hindsight is 20-20, of course, but more than a few observers pointed out the Predators were taking a risk at the time.
CBC.CA: An anonymous former NHL player speaks out on the current NHL-NHLPA CBA talks, and doesn’t mince words regarding the NHL’s attempt to squeeze the players for more hockey-related revenue.
KUKLA’S KORNER: In a series of Twitter posts, NHL player agent Allan Walsh suggests the league should adopt a better system of revenue sharing, including a luxury tax, if it truly wants to help struggling markets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Walsh, but I daresay the problem is the big market owners are against any system of improved revenue sharing, especially a luxury tax. Commissioner Gary Bettman has to know squeezing the players for more HRR is a short term fix which resolves nothing over the long haul. The problem is selling it to the influential big market owners. Good luck!
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo says he’s nearing full recovery from a knee injury which sidelined him for the second half of the season and the playoffs.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche intend to honor hockey blogger and aspiring journalist Jessica (Redfield) Ghawi, who was among the victims of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars have avoided salary arbitration with Mark Fistric, re-signing him to a one-year, $1.475 million contract.
RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoid reports the Florida Panthers have signed recently acquired Casey Wellman to a one-year, two way contract.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Jerome Samson.