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July 27, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli and Daily News Staff Writer
PAUL HOLMGREN has been around the NHL nearly his entire life, first as a player, then as a head coach, before spending the last 20 years in the front office of two different clubs. Holmgren admitted on Wednesday that he has never experienced a summer like this, never felt the pain walking away empty-handed on three major free agents — the latest blow dealt when Nashville matched Shea Weber's 14-year, $110 million offer sheet on Tuesday. "I am sure it has been done before," Holmgren said of his summer.
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July 26, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
LAST WEDNESDAY, Paul Holmgren polished off his wooden bat and attempted to hit the Flyers' biggest home run since Eric Lindros. On Tuesday, Holmgren officially swung and missed — through no fault of his own. The Nashville Predators finally decided, after a few days of tense deliberation between their large ownership group, to swallow hard and match the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet for franchise cornerstone defenseman Shea Weber....
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July 25, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers have struck out with another marquee free agent - and this one hurt more than the others. Nashville announced Tuesday afternoon that it had matched the Flyers' 14-year, $110 million offer sheet to star defenseman Shea Weber, a restricted free agent. Small-market Nashville had toppled the big-market Flyers, leaving them empty-handed in their search to replace the injured Chris Pronger. Earlier in the day, two sources said the Predators had not been involved in trade talks with the Flyers since the 6-foot-4, 232-pound Weber signed the offer sheet last Wednesday.
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July 24, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli and Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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July 24, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 23, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 22, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 20, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 6, 2012 | Frank Seravalli
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.
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June 20, 2012 | Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
"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.
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