Found July 22, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Nate Rau of the Tennessean, On the eve of NHL free agency, the chairman of the Nashville Predators’ ownership group said the team’s business operations had improved to a point where players would not be lost because of money. Now, with the clock ticking on whether the hockey club will match a $110 million offer to captain Shea Weber from hockey heavyweight the Philadelphia Flyers, the pledge by Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran is being put to the test. Citing more home sellouts, improved season ticket renewal rates, increased luxury suite sales and expanding corporate support, Cigarran said earlier this summer that the club’s budget for the upcoming season would be larger than ever before, and “we’re not going to lose players because of money.” “The only way we’ll lose them is if there’s some chemistry issue, or their grandmother lives in Montreal or something, the intangibles,” Cigarran said at the time. “But they know we’re competitive, and they know we’re committed after th

Waiting For Weber News

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, With four nights to contemplate keeping Shea Weber for the next 14 years, the Nashville Predators have yet to make a decision whether to match the $110 million offer sheet the Flyers tendered the star defenseman last Wednesday. When contacted by the Daily News on Sunday, Predators CEO Jeff Cogen referred to the original statement...

Will the Rick Nash trade actually help the Predators get better value for Weber?

You heard it here and, since, you’ve heard it in several other places. The Nashville Predators may decline to match Shea Weber‘s offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers under the gentleman’s agreement that the Preds will then send back some of their compensation (four first round picks) in exchange for roster players.It’s a complicated scenario but it actually has a name...

Will the Preds match Philly?

Will Shea Weber stay a Predator or will be in the city of brotherly love next season? Do the Predators match the offer sheet or take the four first round draft choices and rebuild their defensive corps? The Predators have until Wednesday to match the Flyers offer sheet. What would you do if you were the Predators general manager? If the Predators don't match the Flyers...

O Captain Our Captain: The Shea Weber Saga

Predators fans knew the 2012 offseason would be an interesting one. July 1 approached and defenseman Ryan Suter had not been locked up to a deal with Nashville leading to his unrestricted free agency. The rest is history. Suter teamed up with fellow American Olympian Zach Parise and walked into the Wild. The decision to leave the Preds left the fan base and front office confused...

What to do about Weber?

Photo Credit: Like many of you, I received something of a rude awakening, yesterday morning.  Good or bad, checking the previous night’s happenings in the Twitterverse has become a fixture of my morning routine.  Typically, there’s nothing of any real substance to pay attention to–after all, as many a mother is fond of saying, “nothing good happens after 2 AM...

Flyers Offer to Weber Not Good for the NHL!

The other day Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick used the word “dynasty” in referring to the possibilities for the Eagles. Immediately the media and fans shuddered and were outraged by his contention. So, I ask are dynasties a good thing? Perhaps, for the fans of that annually-winning team they certainly would tell you it’s just fine. But, are dynasties good for...

The Dovid Dobin Show: Today at 5 Eastern/2 Pacific on MTR Radio

Coming up on today’s show: Danny Breslauer on Penn State; Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy on Rick Nash, Shea Weber and the brewing storm in the NHL; and Ari Louis of Israel Sports Radio on the campaign to have the Munich tragedy remembered in London. Take part on Twitter (@doviddobin), Facebook, or at 609-910-0687.

Pillage from the Predators, loot the players and burn the league down: Ed Snider’s a crook

It’s been talked up quite a bit, but before stating the obvious—that the public relations campaign Shea Weber’s agents spun after he signed the Philadelphia Flyers’ $110-million offer sheet all but assured that the Nashville Predators will either be forced to match a contract they cannot afford to sign, or, more likely, work out some sort of tolerable compensation package...

New York Nash: The Fantasy Take

While many hockey fans expected the other shoe to fall in the Shea Weber saga on Monday, a Rick Nash trade was finally consummated between the Columbus Blue Jackets and their oft-discussed possible trading partner, the New York Rangers. While we patiently wait to find out whether Weber plays in Nashville or Philadelphia next year (another possible article for a later date), let...
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