Breaking: Shea Weber agrees to offer sheet with Philadelphia. 14 years, upwards of $100 mil. Preds have 7 days to match. Wow!!— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 19, 2012
According to Darren Dreger, the Flyers have tendered restricted free agent and superstar blueliner Shea Weber a 14-year offer sheet worth upwards of $100 million, the first offer sheet to be signed in the NHL since Doug Wilson's offer to Niklas Hjalmarsson two summers ago. Since offer sheet compensation is determined by the total salary of the contract divided only by its first five years, Nashville would be entitled to four first-rounders should they choose not to match. David Poile and the Predators will have seven days to make that decision and, although stranger things have happened, it seems like a safe bet they'll match. Losing Weber and Suter in the same summer and receiving nothing of value in return (picks in the 20-30 range, on average, really don't amount to much) would be crippling for that franchise. And, of course, while it's good to see more teams utilizing this option, the irony of owners whining about their bottom line while throwing around this kind of cash should not be lost on anyone. This is why we can't have nice things.
Before I go get a flowcut, I want to hear from Rangers & Sharks fans. I heard a Dan Boyle for Marian Gaborik trade almost happened. Thoughts— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) July 17, 2012
This morning on Twitter, ESPN anchor and NHL writer John Buccigross stated that a Dan Boyle for Marian Gaborik trade almost happened. In follow-up discussions, he stated that the deal killer was Gaborik's shoulder surgery, which he underwent on June 1st. The injury will sideline him up to six months. Marian Gaborik has two years left on the five year, $7.5 AAV deal he signed with the New York Rangers that started in the 2009-2010 season. Dan Boyle has two years left on his $6.66 AAV deal. Boyle's deal includes a limited no-trade clause, which came into effect on June 30th, 2012. His NTC stipulates that he can choose 8 teams that he will not accept a trade to, which gives the Sharks flexibility in negotiations. Remember, Buccigross has been wrong before, most notably in the Marleau to the Kings fiasco of 2009. Still, it's an interesting tidbit of information and Buccigross definitely has the credentials that you have to at least raise your eyebrows. If the Sharks are indeed shopping Boyle, or even listening to offers, it could significantly alter the look of the team next year.