Lord. The Flyers signed Shea Weber to a $110 million, 14-year offer sheet. I’ve only been awake for four hours and I’m already sick of this.
In non-140 character speak, he has accepted their offer to be paid like this:
The Predators have seven days to match the offer. If they don’t, they’ll get 4 first-round draft picks from the Flyers.
Holy cow, people. First off, the Preds went to arbitration last season because they didn’t want to pay Weber $7+ million for 3 years. Too bad, he was awarded $7.5 million for 2011-12. This $110/million deal averages to $7.86 million a year. Weber will be 27 when the season starts and before he turns 33, over 72% of the contract will have been paid out. Astronomical numbers, but the average and the front-loading sound like pretty good deals. In 7-10 years from now, $6 million/year will probably be peanuts compared to what the kids are getting paid. After that $13 million/year bonus disappears in 4 years, Weber becomes even more attractive trade bait.
More attractive than this?
My head hurts.
Bonuses count against the salary cap. The Preds have room under their cap for a deal like this. Here’s the best part: it’s front-loaded to discourage the Predators from signing because… Weber will earn $27 million in the first *calendar* year of this deal. WTF, how is that possible? [link] Here’s how:
If they match, the Preds would have him for 14 years. But does Weber want to stay in NSH? Arbitration last summer, would have been UFA next summer, and now this. Is Shea sick of waiting for a deal, or trying to jump ship?
And if the Preds match, they have to keep Weber for one season before trying to trade. That one season will cost them $27 million. Unhappy player vs a shit-ton of money? I’d give anything to know what Weber’s feeling on Nashville really is.
Bigger meets BetterFasterMore.
The really important part of this conversation is: STAY OUT OF THE EASTERN CONFERENCE, SHEA WEBER.
This is my nightmare. Shea Weber as a Flyer. Ice crews trained to squeegee my favorite players’ faces/blood/talent off the glass in arenas up and down the eastern seaboard. Watching every game through my fingers. Knowing Sid is out there six games against this guy, instead of one. Or Nicky B. Anyone. Oh God.
Sorry, Blackhawks. Keep your heads up out there.
And now, back to your regularly scheduled day of watching Twitter so see what happens next. I don’t know if this post even makes sense after so many numbers.