Flyers make big move

Oh yeah, National Hockey League owners need contract concessions from the Players Association … for the good of the game, and all that.
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber (Josh Gorges’ D partner with the Kelowna Rockets) to a $100 million offer sheet.
Weber would fill the vacancy on the Philadelphia blueline created by Chris Pronger’s injury and Matt Carle’s departure to Tampa Bay.

The story from Philadelphia.

The contract would cover 14 years … this while the NHL is seeking a five-year limit on contracts.

According to (Darren) Dreger, the deal may be structured in a way that would prevent a small-market club like Nashville from matching the offer, by way of $26 million in signing bonuses between now and July 1, 2013. That may be tough for Nashville to match, since they would be forking over nearly 16 percent of their entire franchise’s net worth ($163 million in 2011 according to Forbes magazine) in one calendar year.

Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun on Twitter: I’ve seen coaches lose the dressing room. But I think we’re watching Gary Bettman lose the board room.

And Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: First Suter. Now Weber. That ‘Predators’ tag is looking, well, a little bit ironic?

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