Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nashville Retains Shea Weber, Doan to Montreal?, Nash, Wilson and More

Shea Weber - Nashville Predators v Detroit Red Wings - Game Four
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After many days of waiting, the Nashville Predators matched the Philadelphia Flyers 14-year, $110 million offer for Shea Weber.

While the offer forces the Predators to ante up $26 million in signing bonuses in the next 11 months, it would have been quite surprising for the Tennessee club not to match.

After all, do you really think Weber is worth only four late first round picks?

Habs and Hockey News

- According to TVA Sports, Shane Doan is currently considering an offer from the Montreal Canadiens.

- Scott Burnside considers the pressure put on Shea Weber now that the Predators have decided to retain him. Allan Muir of SI also offers his insights on the topic.

- The Nashville Predators have been busy. Not only have they matched the Shea Weber offer, but they have also re-signed Colin Wilson to a three-year deal.

- Rory Boylen of The Hockey News dissects the Rick Nash deal.

- It seems the NHLPA is close to tabling a counter-proposal to the league's initial CBA offer.

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America)


I would love to see Doan in a Habs uniform playing alongside Plekanec and Gionta.
He's a little old but exactly the type of 2nd line forward we need.
Hope we can convince him to come. It will cost us big time but he would make a big difference on that line and in the room.


Problem is at what cost?

Talks of 4 years at $7.5 million per season?

Some teams offering 3 at $6 million per season.

At what point do we say no?

At 35 I realize he's looking to secure his future but at what cost to us? in 2014 we have a number of contracts expiring:


That's around 22 Million expiring. Until then the only one of consequence is Pacioretty and he is RFA. So from a money standpoint 3 years should be the max and I would not go more then 6.75 Million per year (gomez gets dumped in AHL to accomodate). Anything else limits us and frankly not too many 39 year olds other then Lidstrom and Chelios are effective.

One problem is he's a right winger so where does he fit? Maybe he can play the off wing but is that optimal?

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