Aftermath of the Predators matching Shea Weber’s offer sheet from the Flyers, NHLPA counter-proposal coming soon, updates on Nathan Horton and Michal Handzus, plus the latest notable contract signings.
THE TENNESSEAN: Shea Weber’s agent claimed his client was glad to be back with the Nashville Predators, who yesterday matched the Philadelphia Flyers 14-year, $110 million offer sheet.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside is hoping Weber will be candid over his reasons for signing the offer sheet in an interview on Wednesday. Burnside also noted the offer sheet lacked a no-trade/no-movement clause.
PHILLY.COM: A look at the Flyers options now that Weber will be staying in Nashville.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weber’s contract may lack a movement clause, but if the Predators were to shop in in the near future, the length of the deal and the dollars will certainly limit the number of teams he could be dealt to . As for the Flyers, they’ll have to look toward a trade if they want to bring in a good defenseman, but they won’t find anyone as good as Weber this summer. I doubt they’ll go the offer sheet route again this year.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: NHLPA director Donald Fehr said the PA is close to making its counter-proposal to the league’s initial offer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect the league to reject it, though to make it look good, it could take several days to do so.
NEWSDAY: NY Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro discusses his participation in NHL CBA negotiations, and in his goaltender camp.
BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins forward Nathan Horton, who played in only 46 games last season due to concussion, is expected to be good to go for training camp.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: San Jose Sharks forward Michal Handzus played with a hip injury for most of last season.
THE TENNESSEAN: Lost in yesterday’s news of the Nashville Predators matching Shea Weber’s offer sheet was their re-signing forward Colin Wilson to a three-year, $6 million contract, for an average cap hit of $2 million per season.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes signed Jay Harrison to a three-year deal worth $1.5 million per season, and Zach Boychuk to a one-year, two-way contract.