Friday, May 13, 2016

Shea Weber: Should Not Of Kept

The Nashville Predators, led by captain Shea Weber, were eliminated from the NHL playoffs last night. It was a particularly brutal display for Weber, who was on the ice for all 5 San Jose goals and contributed directly to at least a pair of them.

People forget that Shea Weber was on the Flyers for a brief period in July 2012, when he signed a 14-year/$110 million offer sheet. This was the pinnacle of Paul Holmgren's tenure of Flyera, and we dodged a goddamn bullet when Nashville elected to match.

If they had not matched and Weber came to Philly, we would be lamenting two things right now:

  1. He stinks and he's old and overpaid
  2. We would have had to give up a SHIT TON in compensation to Nashville
That compensation would have included the following players:
  • Samuel Morin (2013 1st round)
  • Travis Sanheim (2014 1st round)
  • Ivan Provorov (2015 1st round)
  • Jake Bean (or whoever, this year's 1st round pick)
The salary issue would also have prevented (or at least affected) the signings/extensions of Wayne Simmonds, Michael Del Zotto, Sean Couturier, Jake Voracek, Michael Raffl, and Brayden Schenn. 

Thanks to Baby Jesus that Ron Hextall is in charge of the ship now. 

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