So it works out to $80M over the first 6 years, and then $30M over the final 8 years...does the NHL even validate that contract? How do you allow them to pay out 73% of value over the first 43% of the contract?
What was the original "tail" on the Kovy contract again? This isn't nearly as ridiculous as that one was when it got rejected, but it's pushing the envelope again, even more so than Parise and Suter, whose last three years are at 2, 1, and 1 mil.
As a contrast, the last 3 years of Quick's deal average 3 mil per year. Mike Richards' deal drops down to 3 mil. Carter drops down to 2 mil.
I know Jersey had to change the Kovy deal to raise the value up again the last two years. I wonder what they'll say about this one...
Not sure it was noted previously but per Burnside
NHL: Nashville Predators have clear choice on Shea Weber offer sheet - ESPNQuote:
Under terms of the CBA, the Predators cannot trade Weber for a calendar year after matching the offer sheet and a year from now when Weber would have become an unrestricted free agent, a no-move, no-trade clause kicks in.
Why on earth would philly agree to that? Oh wait its philly
IMO, you get what you want out of Homer player wise, or you take the picks. Weber's gotta go.
Lombardi's Blueprint is the way to go. They've got the goaltending thing handled. They HAD the defensive thing handled, but losing one and now possibly both of your top pairing, minute eating tandem really throws a wrench in things. You either blow it up, or trade Weber and try and start anew on the fly.
They missed their competitive window, mostly because they didn't get a long term solution down the middle. Not just one top flight center, they truly need to get 2.
Nashville has two choices:
1) Let Weber go and take the four 1st round picks,
2) Match the contract. After one year Nashville would have the ability to trade Weber to any team in the NHL.