Flyers sign Predators defenseman Shea Weber to offer sheet, NHL CBA talks continue, Drew Doughty won’t face sexual assault charges, Sami Salo, Adrian Aucoin and Jordin Tootoo look forward to joining their new clubs, Capitals hired Johansson as assistant coach.
PHILLY.COM/TSN.CA: The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber to a 14-year, $100 million offer sheet. The Predators now have seven days to match the offer. If they pass, they’ll receive compensatory draft picks from the Flyers, depending on the average cap hit of the offer. TSN’s Darren Dreger (who broke the story) reports via Twitter the Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, NY Rangers and San Jose Sharks had talked trade with the Predators regarding Weber prior to the Flyers offer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is indeed a bombshell, coming after recent reports claiming Predators GM David Poile wanted to re-sign Weber. If he was indeed discussing trade scenarios, it suggests Poile may be unable to get Weber to agree to a new, long-term contract, or one with terms agreeable to the Predators. Bear in mind, if the Predators match, no other club can make an offer, and the Predators can’t trade Weber for one year from the date they match the offer.
There’s some confusion over what the compensation would be, but according to this recent post from Pension Plan Puppets, it’s based on what the average value of the contract would be, not upon what it would be if it is heavily front-loaded. If it’s Over $6,728,781 To $8,410,976 , the compensation is Two 1st Round Picks, 2nd, 3rd. If it’s over the latter figure, it’s four first round picks. Hopefully, we’ll have more details on the potential compensation soon.
In the meantime, the ball is in the Predator court. Do they match and keep Weber on a deal perhaps far more expensive than they were offering? Or lose another top defenseman for draft picks?
**UPDATE** Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos is reporting the deal is in fact worth $110 million over 14 years. The breakdown is as follows: “1st 4 yrs 1M salary+13M sb; yrs 5-6 4M sal+ 8Msb; yrs 7-10 6M sal; year 11 3M sal; last 3 yrs 1M salary”. CapGeek.com, meanwhile, reports it includes “$68 million in signing bonuses” over the first five years. The draft picks compensation for the Predators if they don’t match is indeed four 1st round draft picks.
ESPN.COM: Labor talks between the NHL and NHLPA continued yesterday. No counter-proposal yet from the PA to the league’s initial prosposal of last Friday, as the PA wanted more detailed financial information from the league. Talks will continue today.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will not face sexual assault charges.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: New Lightning defenseman Sami Salo is looking forward to joining his new teammates in Tampa Bay. Salo signed with the Lightning as an unrestricted free agent after nine seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Defenseman Adrian Aucoin talks about his role and expectations with the Blue Jackets, whom he signed with as a free agent this summer.
DETROIT NEWS: Tenacious forward Jordin Tootoo is ready to bring his pesky skills to the Red Wings, with whom he signed as a free agent after spending his entire NHL career with the Nashville Predators.
WASHINGTON POST: Former Capitals player Calle Johansson will join the club as a new assistant coach.