Nightly Hockey Hits

Posted by Ezra Ginsburg in Daily Papers,Nightly Hockey Hits on August 2, 2011 — 6 Comments

Illegal Curve wishes Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane a very Happy Birthday!!!

Vancouver Province: This was reported three hours ago by Jason Botchford. Canucks forward Ryan Kesler underwent hip surgery last week and may miss the start of the regular season. It was obvious to anyone with functioning vision that Kesler was injured during the Stanley Cup Finals. We wish him a speedy recovery.

The Tennessean: Josh Cooper updates us on the latest news involving Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber and his arbitration process. This doesn’t look good. The Predators offered a Norris Trophy Candidate $4.75 million/year??? In today’s salary cap world, he is worth $7.5-$8 million I would say.

The Hockey News: Ken Campbell writes about Mika Zibanejad and how his father’s life provides him with perspective. A very good read from one of my favourite hockey writers. Remis and I were riding on the same bus as Zibanejad on the way to the draft in St.Paul and he looked liked one of the happiest guys around after getting picked 6th overall by the Ottawa Senators.

Newsday: Blake Comeau has avoided salary arbitration and has signed a 1-year, $2.5 million deal with the New York Islanders. Comeau had a career year last year and got rewarded for it.

  • http://twitter.com/LukeMiguez Luke Miguez

    “This doesn’t look good. The Predators offered a Norris Trophy Candidate $4.75 million/year??? In today’s salary cap world, he is worth $7.5-$8 million I would say.”

    What makes you think that the Predators’ original position wasn’t more then a negotiation tactic?  You can’t really think that they believe they believe they can sign Weber for 4.75M/year.  I bet they’re hoping that they can try to gauge the meeting with an arbitrator so they can angle for something half way between what Weber wanted (8.5M) and what they bid at in this case (4.75M).  I imagine they’re hoping to get a ruling around 6.5-7M in between.

  • http://twitter.com/LukeMiguez Luke Miguez

    “This doesn’t look good. The Predators offered a Norris Trophy Candidate $4.75 million/year??? In today’s salary cap world, he is worth $7.5-$8 million I would say.”

    What makes you think that the Predators’ original position wasn’t more then a negotiation tactic?  You can’t really think that they believe they believe they can sign Weber for 4.75M/year.  I bet they’re hoping that they can try to gauge the meeting with an arbitrator so they can angle for something half way between what Weber wanted (8.5M) and what they bid at in this case (4.75M).  I imagine they’re hoping to get a ruling around 6.5-7M in between.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502382575 Ezra Zuckerberg

    Luke, I didn’t say the Predators believe they can sign him for $4.75 million. It is obviously a negotiating tactic. I said it doesn’t look good, meaning Weber will be awarded with a short-term contract and then will hit the Unrestricted Free Agent market in one or two years. That doesn’t look good for the Predators, who have built their team around Weber.

  • http://twitter.com/LukeMiguez Luke Miguez

    Weber has 2 more years of restricted free agency and will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, 2013.  I would imagine that both the Predators and the Weber camp would prefer that any ruling be a simple one year deal, as that would provide maximum flexibility for both sides to negotiate a contract which presumably would take up a solid amount of Weber’s UFA years.

    What looks bad isn’t the arbitration tactics, it’s the fact that Nashville and Weber couldn’t come up with a contract similar to Parise’s so they could avoid a hearing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502382575 Ezra Zuckerberg

    Luke, if he is awarded a one year deal in arbitration, he will have one year of restricted free agency left. And I don’t think he’ll be signing long-term in Nashville by the way.

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with the Tennessean writer who wondered why the Preds would submit an arbitration number that is lower than Dan Hamhuis’ salary.  Arbitration is a messy and unhappy affair as it is; I’m not sure what the Preds stand to gain by submitting a low-ball number.