It really makes you wonder how many RFA offer sheets really are tendered, there was plenty of rumor that DD was sitting on a couple offers but nobody would confirm it. I guess it's only a ****storm if you sign one.
As far as Weber goes, Philly really put Nashville in a very bad spot. Nashville loses in almost every scenario. Is it just business or does Nashville try and repay? Being a small market team I would think maybe not?
There was almost certainty that Weber would be leaving after this season. It was already known the Preds weren't going to arbitration with him. Nashville would be gaining 4 late 1st rounders to go with their early to mid 1st's during this rebuilding mode. I like it.
Nashville other than have Weber, Suter and Rinne, have never had big name players. Maybe guys like Erat, Arnott and Fischer, but that being said, they have for the last 6 years or so been very consistent with their play and the way the run the franchise. It may be rebuilding time, but under Poile and Trotz, it shouldn't be too difficult.
Maybe Holmgren did this move to block a trade to NYR or Pittsburgh.
I have to shoot this off before work so sorry if I'm repeating info from earlier in the thread.
"Insider" scoop (aka I live in Philly) about this:
Rumor is, Nashville was dragging their feet on a trade with Philly for Weber, so Holmgren decided to force their hand with an offer sheet. It's rumored to be $26 mil in the first year (VERY front-loaded). This means that Nashville has to consider a) can we afford that out-of-pocket if we don't fill the seats, b) can we afford the $13 mil he would earn EVEN if there is no season at all next year. Holmgren and many others think the answer to both is NO.
Now, because Holmgren is trying to block Nashville from being able to match BUT has a good relationship with their GM, people are saying that there is a handshake agreement in place that goes like this:
1) Nashville does not match, Weber is a Flyer for life
2) Nashville receives the 4 first-round picks
3) Nashville trades back some of those picks to Philadelphia in exchange for roster players
This would essentially mean Weber was knowingly traded for picks and players, BUT it guarantees a long-term signing with Philly.
This scenario is what most people here are saying will happen. The question becomes: who does we give up in this trade-back? To me, Couturier is our one untouchable player. I'd give up a Schenn, Read, Voracek, Meszaros (not ALL of them, obviously) ... so we'll see.
I'll report back if anything else pops up.
Sorry, but if one of our players did this, I would want him run out of town on a rail. But that's just me.
4 years base salary 1 million, 13 million guaranteed per season....Sorry but I'm signing that no matter what.