Talk about a late night bombshell, as it was revealed around 1 AM that Shea Weber had signed a 14-year, $110 million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Reportedly, the deal includes $68 million in bonus money in the first six years.
The Nashville Predators now have seven days to match the offer or accept the compensation of four first round draft picks.
Given the Flyers typically strong position in the standings, one gets the sense that the standard compensation won't exactly cut it for the Predators. After all, this isn't Tomas Vanek we are talking about either. This is the face of the Predators franchise, a franchise that is now firmly between a rock and a hard place.
What would you do?
Habs and Hockey News
- The Hockey News looks at the Predators' current predicament.
- Defenseman Kyle Quincey agreed to a $7.55 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Quincey was acquired late in the 2012 campaign in a three-way deal with Tampa Bay and Colorado.
- The NHL and NHLPA continued CBA discussions in New York. Stu Haeckel, at Sports Illustrated, looks at where the CBA talks may be headed.
- Good discussion to be had on some of the remaining issues for the Montreal Canadiens.
- Did you know that former Hab Pierre Dagenais plied his trade in the Federal Hockey League this past season. The FHL is an A level hockey league below both the ECHL and Central Hockey League. It is also quite a drop for Dagenais, who has played in the NHL, AHL and KHL before. Then again, Dagenais did have 143 points in 45 games last year.