Shea Weber happy to play in Nashville, Rick Nash and Brandon Dubinsky talk about joining their new teams, the NHL tables an expanded version of its initial proposal to the NHLPA, the latest on the Coyotes sale, and more.
THE TENNESSEAN: One day after the Nashville Predators match an offer sheet to Shea Weber by the Philadelphia Flyers, Weber expressed his desire to finish his career in Nashville and to be the face of the franchise, using his influence to help attract free agents to the team. He also distanced himself from earlier comments by one of his agents claiming his signing the Flyers offer sheet was indicative of his desire to leave the Predators. Weber is also interested in negotiating a “no-movement” clause in his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weber’s offer sheet lacked movement or trade clauses, but apparently they can be negotiated into the deal. Speculation arose following the Preds matching that offer sheet that they could try to trade him within the next season or two if his contract proved too pricey to retain, or if Weber’s potential unhappiness over staying in Nashville affected team chemistry.
The attempt to negotiate that clause into his new contract will only add more intrigue to this situation. While it could be seen as merely his way of ensuring he remains a Predator for life, it can also be interpreted as maintaining a measure of control over where the Predators could move him if they were to go that route in the future. Without a movement clause, the Predators would be free to trade him to any team of their choosing, one willing to pick up his huge new contract.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Former Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash is confident he’ll adjust to life was a New York Ranger. Nash was dealt to the Blueshirts on Monday in a multi-player trade.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Brandon Dubinsky, dealt to the Blue Jackets as part of the return for Nash, claims he’s excited about joining his new team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Critics of Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson are still braying over what a lousy return he got from the Rangers for Nash, but Dubinsky and forward Artem Anisimov will get more opportunities and responsibilities in Columbus than they got in New York, which could prove beneficial to their careers, as well as the Jackets.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts reports the NHL tabled an expanded version of their initial proposal during this week’s CBA negotiations with the NHLPA, which amounts to yet another salary rollback of 24 percent from the players. The PA, meanwhile, continues to work on its counter-proposal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league has to know the PA will reject that much of a rollback. While it is possible this could be a “line in the sand” for the league, I suspect this is merely the opening move toward their true goal of a 50-50 revenue split with the PA, which isn’t as extreme as their opening offer.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Shoalts also reported the two Glendale citizens who attempted to raise a petition to put the arena lease agreement between the City of Glendale and the Jamison group to a referendum in November have decided not to file a lawsuit against the move. That removes yet another hurdle from Jamison’s efforts to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes.
MEDIABISTRO: The Los Angeles Kings have donated $10,000 to the Jessica Redfield Foundation college scholarship. Redfield, a hockey blogger and aspiring sports journalist, was among those murdered in the recent theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced the hiring of Steve Staios as a player development advisors. Staios announced his retirement as a player following 18 NHL seasons.