July 24, 2012 |
WITH FOUR NIGHTS to contemplate keeping Shea Weber for the next 14 years, the Nashville Predators have yet to make a decision whether to match the $110 million offer sheet the Flyers tendered the star defenseman last Wednesday. When contacted by the Daily News on Sunday, Predators CEO Jeff Cogen referred to the original statement issued by the team on Thursday. Similarly, the Flyers have not heard anything yet as to the Predators' intentions. In their statement, Nashville general manager David Poile said they 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.
July 23, 2012 |
An NHL source with knowledge of the situation said on Sunday night that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and his Nashville counterpart, David Poile, have talked "just once" since restricted free-agent Shea Weber signed a 14-year, $110 million contract with Philadelphia on Wednesday. That fuels speculation that Nashville is thinking about sending Weber, arguably the league best all-around defenseman, to the Flyers in a trade. If Nashville was going to match the offer, there would be no need for Poile to confer with Holmgren.
July 22, 2012 |
For the Flyers, the waiting game continues. From the time restricted free agent Shea Weber signed his 14-year, $110 million contract offer with the Flyers, Nashville had seven days to decide whether to keep him. On Friday, the Predators were still mulling over their decision. They can take until Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. For Nashville, the biggest question is whether it can afford the up-front money - $27 million in the first calendar year and $68 million over the first five years.
July 20, 2012 |
Hoping to add a physical, dominating defenseman to replace the injured Chris Pronger, the Flyers have made one of their typically bold off-season moves. They confirmed Thursday that they have signed Shea Weber - a restricted free agent from Nashville who is arguably the NHL's best all-around defenseman - to a 14-year offer sheet for a reported $110 million. If Nashville matches the front-loaded offer, Weber, 26, remains with the Predators. The Predators, who lost all-star defenseman Ryan Suter to free agency earlier this month, have until 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to match.
July 6, 2012 |
AT LONG LAST, U.S. Olympic teammates Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are together, after signing equal 13-year, $98 million deals in Minnesota within an hour of each other on the Fourth of July. Cashing a fat, $12 million bonus check for signing on the dotted line just seems so ... American. Another American, Matt Carle, added his own fireworks on Wednesday night by signing a mammoth 6-year, $33 million deal to return to Tampa Bay as the first dominoes began to fall. In Minnesota, both Parise and Suter left behind the only teams they have ever known in New Jersey and Nashville.
June 20, 2012 |
"There is no fire sale going on here. We are going to try and sign Ilya [Bryzgalov], obviously, and continue to try to sign Ville [Leino]. We'll see how it goes. It's not like we're caught between a rock and a hard place right now. " - Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on June 20, 2011, less than 72 hours before dealing franchise cornerstones Jeff Carter and Mike Richards in separate trades 30 minutes apart. THIS YEAR, Paul Holmgren is not pulling any punches. Even after dramatically reshaping the Flyers last June 23, on the eve of the NHL draft, Holmgren did not deny on Monday that he would like to add pieces this summer to help put the Flyers over the top. Without specifically touching on a player or position, Holmgren agreed that he would be "as proactive" as he has been in summers past to make the Flyers better.
May 17, 2012 |
ABC'S GOING a little bit country this fall. On Wednesdays at 10, Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") will star in the drama "Nashville" as a country-music star whose career is beginning to flag and whose record label thinks the answer might be having her join forces with a younger singer (Hayden Panettiere, "Heroes"), who turns out to be a bit of a schemer. Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise") wrote the pilot, which was directed by documentarian R.J. Cutler ("The War Room"). In November, actual country- music star (and sitcom veteran)
March 17, 2012 |
Florida State beat North Carolina twice this season. Did the same to Duke, too. But it was Andrew Nicholson and little St. Bonaventure who nearly sent the Seminoles home in their first NCAA tournament game. Bernard James scored 19 points and Florida State barely avoided a big upset, rallying to beat the 14th-seeded Bonnies, 66-63, on Friday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The third-seeded Seminoles (25-9) shook off a slow start and won their sixth straight game, including their run to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship last week.
February 28, 2012 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Flyers stood pat at the trade deadline on Monday, feeling the two recent deals they made - acquiring massive defensemen Pavel Kubina and Nick Grossman - will help make them a Stanley Cup contender. Provided, of course, that goalie Ilya Bryzgalov gets his game in order. "There wasn't anything that was pitched to us that . . . would have made us as good a team as what's on the board right now," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a conference call from the team's training facility in Voorhees.