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NHL Free Agency 2012

Weber's agent: No problem if Predators match

Thursday, 07.19.2012 / 9:33 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

The agent for Shea Weber said he doesn't "foresee there being a problem" with the Nashville Predators if the team matches the offer sheet the defenseman received from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Jarrett Bousquet spoke to TSN Radio on Thursday after it was announced that Weber and the Flyers agreed to the offer sheet. The contract reportedly is for 14 years, $110 million.

Bousquet compared the chance for hard feelings to Weber's arbitration hearing with the Predators last offseason. He was awarded a $7.5 million contract after the team offered less.

Doan still in holding pattern as free agent

Thursday, 07.19.2012 / 8:30 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Unrestricted free agent forward Shane Doan is still waiting for more information to come out regarding the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation before he begins to entertain any of the contract offers he has received, or gets into further discussions on the potential for contract offers from other teams.

Kyle Chipchura
GOALS: 22 | ASST: 28 | PTS: 50
SOG: 226 | +/-: -8
"I've made no bones about the fact that I want to go back to Phoenix if the situation works out," said Doan, who was in New York on Thursday attending the collective bargaining session between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association. "I understand at some point I'll have to probably make a decision without knowing all the information, but until I get as much information as I can, I'm going to try to wait."

Doan said he would have liked to already have his decision made, but instead he finds himself trying to avoid the temptation of signing a contract before he learns as much as he can about Greg Jamison's bid to buy the Coyotes.

Poile, Preds have huge decision looming on Weber

Thursday, 07.19.2012 / 1:39 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The Nashville Predators have only two choices -- match the offer sheet captain Shea Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, or accept the compensation.

They've got seven days to come up with a decision -- and a lot to consider before they do.

The offer sheet Weber, a restricted free agent, signed with the Flyers is reportedly a heavily front-loaded 14-year, $110 million contract. If Nashville passes, it is believed they would get four first-round draft picks from the Flyers during the next five years. The compensation package is tied to the average annual value of the contract offered.

General manager David Poile said in a statement the organization's intention has always been to match any offer sheet to retain Weber, but, "due to the complexity of the offer sheet, we will take the appropriate time to review and evaluate it and all of its ramifications in order to make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term."

If the Predators match, they will be signing Weber to a contract with the exact terms of the offer sheet, which reportedly includes $80 million of actual money during the first six years of the contract. The CBA also stipulates that if the Predators match the offer sheet to retain Weber, they are not allowed to trade him for a period of one year.

Who are the top restricted free agents?

Thursday, 07.19.2012 / 1:33 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

Shea Weber signing an offer sheet -- reportedly worth $110 million across 14 years -- was quite the water-cooler topic for the hockey community Thursday.

Offer sheets for restricted free agents are a rare occurrence during the history of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. This is just the seventh signed Offer since 2005. But could Weber's deal spark interest in other restricted free agents? There are several quality players out there on the RFA market, if "a market" were to develop.

Here's a quick look at the best RFAs available, with their cap hit from the 2011-12 season in parentheses. Expect all of these guys to receive hefty raises. Recent history says it will most likely be from their current employer, but as the Philadelphia Flyers and Weber have shown, there could be other options.

History of recent offer sheets presents varied results

Thursday, 07.19.2012 / 1:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The Philadelphia Flyers are willing to make a major commitment with the offer sheet to which they signed Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber on Thursday. History has shown, however, that their daring might not pay off.

The Flyers announced Thursday they signed Weber to a contract. TSN reported the deal to be 14 years and in excess of $100 million. Also, several reports have the deal being heavily front-loaded with significant signing-bonus money.

Predators GM David Poile, in a statement released by the team, said: "We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea," but added, "Due to the complexity of the offer sheet, we will take the appropriate time to review and evaluate it and all of its ramifications in order to make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term."

The curious case of Alexander Semin

Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 2:20 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Alexander Semin was one of the most intriguing players to hit the free-agent market July 1. Almost three weeks later, he's still one of the most intriguing players on the free-agent market.

Why hasn't Semin, a 40-goal, 84-point star with the Washington Capitals three seasons ago, landed a new contract? The answer likely has more to do with perception than production.

Semin's production has declined since his fantastic 2009-10 season (he has produced back-to-back 54-point seasons, with a post-2004 low 21 goals in 2011-12), and he is perceived by some talent evaluators around the National Hockey League as a player who isn't always motivated and not always the best teammate. He has a history of taking too many penalties and of struggling in big games.

Avs sign McGinn to two-year deal

Friday, 07.13.2012 / 4:50 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Jamie McGinn to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 season. No financial terms were disclosed.

Jamie McGinn
Left Wing - COL
GOALS: 20 | ASST: 17 | PTS: 37
SOG: 159 | +/-: -3
McGinn, 23, was acquired from San Jose at the trade deadline on Feb. 27, and gave the Avs an offensive boost with eight goals and 13 points in 17 games. McGinn’s 13 points tied Paul Stastny for the most on the team from March 1 until the end of the season.

Combined between the Sharks and Avalanche, McGinn set career highs in games (78), goals (20), assists (17), points (37), power-play goals (6) and shots (159).

"Jamie made an immediate impact from the time he joined our organization," Avalanche GM Greg Sherman said in a statement. "We look forward to Jamie building upon last season’s performance and are pleased to have agreed to contract terms."

Mueller signs one-year deal with Panthers

Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 3:27 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

For Panthers GM Dale Tallon, signing forward Peter Mueller was a gamble well worth taking.

"I hope to get him back to what he was a rookie," Tallon said on a conference call Thursday after giving the oft-injured Mueller a one-year, $1.75 million contract. "He seems to be revitalized, and we did our due diligence. We brought him in here and checked him out from toes to nose, and everything checked out fine. He understands this is a great opportunity for him. He's a top-six forward. He has size and skill, and he's still young. It's well worth the risk for us to sign him to a one-year deal and hope he gets back to what he was before he was injured."

Selanne returning for one more season

Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 2:10 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Teemu Selanne will return for one more season with the Anaheim Ducks.

The future Hall of Famer signed a one-year contract with the team Thursday worth $4.5 million.

"I still feel I can play at a high level," Selanne said. "As I always say, this is my happy place and I can't wait to get back on the ice in front of our great fans."

Doan pushes deadline back to July 16

Wednesday, 07.11.2012 / 12:54 PM / NHL Free Agency 2012

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer


Shane Doan is willing to give the Phoenix Coyotes until next Monday before he starts considering other options available to him in free agency.

Doan originally set a July 9 deadline to get a new multi-year contract done with the Coyotes. His initial deadline coincided with when he was hoping to get more clarity on Greg Jamison's bid to purchase the Coyotes.

However, the deadline came and went without any more clarity on the ownership situation. Doan, though, isn't ready to give up on the Coyotes, so, according to Fox Sports Arizona, the longtime Phoenix captain has set a new deadline for July 16.

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