May 7, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) in game five of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals at Arena. The Coyotes beat the Predators 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Shea Weber Can Shake The Atlantic Division Landscape

The Flyers have a knack for doing crazy things like this so if there was one team that was going to send Shea Weber a massive offer sheet it was going to be the Flyers. 14 years $110 million. Crazy money. $27 million in the first calendar year alone. Most of which will be paid to Weber regardless if the season is cancelled.

Shea Weber is worth that kind of money as crazy as it sounds. Pound for pound, I think he’s the best defenseman in the game. A $7.8 million cap hit for him is worth it for what he can bring in on a nightly basis. Losing four first round picks is pretty steep, but I think for a player of his stature it’s worth it. Especially in the Flyers situation when they have young guys like Giroux, both Schenns, Couturier, and Matt Read. At the moment they can afford to have a bare cup board.

Do I wish the Rangers sent him an offer sheet like that? No not exactly. The Rangers current flaws and potential future flaws aren’t on defense. Their main core of defenders are young and here for the long run. Then there are guys like Erixon, Mcilrath, and Skjei, who in the future can prove they are NHL material.

For the rest of the Atlantic Division though this isn’t good. Shea Weber would significantly make the Flyers better and replaces that glaring number one defenseman hole with Chris Pronger likely to never play another game in the NHL.

In the long run the Flyers will have to make some sacrifices. For starters Jake Voracek who is an RFA will likely have to be traded. The Flyers at this point likely can’t afford to keep him. Then there’s Scott Hartnell. Even if Kimmo Timonen retires after next season it will still be very hard for the Flyers to keep Hartnell. Add in that Claude Giroux is due a massive raise in two more years, the Flyers are going to have to really trim around the edges to make this contract work.

To me this saga has the makings to be one of the biggest signings in NHL history. Either it will be remembered as a huge success and potentially the greatest signing ever, or one of the biggest disasters ever. That is of course assuming the Predators do not match the offer sheet. All signs at this point assume they do not, but it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out over the next few days.


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