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NHL Free Agency: Weber Signs Offer Sheet With Flyers; More Teams Drop Out of Nash Sweepstakes

Sam Carchidi at Philly.com reports that the Flyers signed Shea Weber to a 14-year offer sheet in the $100 million neighborhood last night.

The Predators have seven days to match.

If the Preds don’t match, the Flyers would have to give Nashville four first-round picks. Although that compensation package might not be 100% correct as it could be two firsts, a second and a third round pick.

Darren Dreger of TSN, who broke this story, says that the Rangers were big players in possible Weber trade scenarios.

…of all the frickin’ teams, it had to be the Flyers. Let’s hope that Nashville sticks to their word and matches.

…no way I want to watch Weber blasting that cannon from the blueline six times a year against Lundqvist. If you thought Rangers fans hated Pronger, just wait till this guy is wearing orange and black.

…although if the Flyers goalie still sucks does this move really improve their defense?

…at least this means the Flyers would be out of the Nash sweepstakes.

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Speaking of teams dropping out of the Nash sweepstakes, James Murphy at ESPN.com reports that the Bruins, who along with the Flyers are on a list of teams that Rick Nash would approve a trade to, are no longer in contention for the Columbus captain’s services.

The Bruins felt Columbus’ asking price of any combination of Krejci, Lucic, Tyler Seguin and prized prospect Dougie Hamilton was too high.

In other Rick Nash news, Kevin Kurtz at Comcast Sports says that the San Jose Sharks haven’t had any discussions with the Blue Jackets regarding their captain in months.

The Blue Jackets haven’t come off of their insistence that Logan Couture be a part of a deal for the scoring winger, which is a non-starter for San Jose.

…so of the six teams on Nash’s approved list, it seems as though four of them could potentially be out (Flyers, Sharks, Bruins and Red Wings). That leaves the Rangers and Penguins.

Although, the Penguins might also be out of the Nash sweepstakes if they acquire Shane Doan (Inside Pittsburgh Sports)…

“While ‘serious negotiations’ have yet to happen between Penguins and Doan, the Penguins are among the short-list of teams under strong consideration and could emerge as a favorite for Doan, if he leaves Phoenix, despite offering much less money than other interested teams.”

Doan, who is still hoping that the situation in Phoenix works out, may not make his decision for weeks.

…so that once again leaves the Rangers as the last team standing for the Columbus captain.

…wow, Sather is playing this brilliantly.

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To Rangers free agent signings, Adam Proteau at The Hockey News says the Blueshirts acquisition of Michael Haley is tied with the Devils signing of Krys Barch as the 8th worst this offseason…

“The salaries of both tough guys are relatively the same, but the length of the pacts is the problem here. Was there really that much of a market for Haley (who has two goals and three points in 43 career NHL games) and Barch (who has 31 points in 304 games) that both Atlantic division teams needed to tack on a second year to their deals? And what kind of upside-down NHL world is it when future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr can only land a one-year contract and these guys get twice as much term?”

…i think I’m one of three Rangers fans who like the Haley signing. He has the ability to give the Rangers a Sean Avery type spark in games they come out flat in. Something I felt they sorely lacked in the playoffs.

…having said that, I’m not even sure if he’s going to make the team out of camp.

For reports on yesterday’s CBA negotiations as well as Mike Richter being honored at the White House, click the “Read More” tab below.

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Jeff Klein at the New York Times reports that yesterday’s CBA negotiations between the players and owners were very civil but the possibility of a lockout still looms.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he’s focused on getting a deal done before the current collective bargaining agreement expires on September 15th.

Brandon Dubinsky, who along with Henrik Lundqvist was a player representative at the meeting, said this about the owners initial proposal…

“There wasn’t much of a reaction. I think everyone’s expecting us to say how upset and disappointed we’d get, but it’s a negotiation. That was their starting point. We just have to continue to work through some of the issues and stick together.”

Negotiations will continue today and tomorrow.

…at least both side are talking, which is always a good thing. Still think it’ll come down to the final hour before they come to an agreement.

Here’s a pic of Lundqvist along with former Ranger Manny Malhotra and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr after the session (Jesse Spector)…

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…seriously, does Lundqvist ever have a bad hair day?

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Finally, according to Colin Campbell (No not that one) at the Politiker, Mike Richter along with other sports industry leaders will be honored at the White House today for their work to reduce energy usage.

…assuming that when Richter finally runs for office he won’t have a lack of volunteers from the New York Tri-State area.

H/T to Scotty Hockey.

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