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July 20, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli and Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN SHEA WEBER and his traveling party surreptitiously arrived in Philadelphia nearly 2 weeks ago to first discuss the idea of signing an offer sheet with the Flyers, his agent told him to soak in the entire experience. "When you sign a 14-year deal, you need to look around and make sure," agent Jarrett Bousquet told the Daily News. "You need to make sure everything checks out, that it fits your lifestyle, that you want to live in a big city instead of a small town. Everything has to work.
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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 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 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 20, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli and Daily News Staff Writer
NOT SINCE the waiting game of 1992, as an arbitrator sorted out dueling trades between the Flyers and Rangers for the rights to draft phenom Eric Lindros, has there been this much buzz about a potential player joining Philadelphia's storied hockey ranks. As first announced by TSN's Darren Dreger on Wednesday night, the Flyers signed Nashville star defenseman Shea Weber to an offer sheet. The deal is worth a reported $110 million over 14 years, which would make Weber the second-richest player in NHL history after only Alex Ovechkin's mammoth $124 million deal.
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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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September 23, 2012
The NHL on Saturday fined Detroit Red Wings vice president Jimmy Devellano a reported $250,000 for comments he made about the collective-bargaining agreement, the players' union leader, and the Flyers earlier this week. In an interview with Island Sports News that was posted on Puck Daddy (yahoo.com), Devellano criticized the Flyers for giving a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet to restricted free-agent Shea Weber this summer, and took a verbal shot at the philosophy used by Donald Fehr, the NHLPA's executive director.
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November 24, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Washington forward Donald Brashear was suspended for three games by the NHL yesterday, stemming from a fight a day earlier between the Capitals and Atlanta Thrashers. Brashear, teammate Brian Sutherby and Atlanta forward Scott Mellanby were automatically suspended one game while coaches Glen Hanlon, of the Capitals, and Bob Hartley, of the Thrashers, were fined $30,000 and $10,000, respectively. Brashear was suspended for an additional two games under a rule that allows the commissioner to tack on additional games.
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March 18, 2011
Canadiens top Lightning in a shootout Carey Price made three big shootout saves, and Michael Cammalleri scored on Montreal's fourth attempt in the tiebreaker to give the Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. Price sprawled to the ice to poke-check the puck away from NHL goal leader Steven Stamkos and then turned aside Martin St. Louis' 360 attempt. After Simon Gagne scored on Tampa Bay's third attempt to extend the shootout, Cammalleri snapped a shot past Dwayne Roloson.
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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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June 26, 2014 | BY ANDERW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THIS WEEKEND, young men from around the world will gather in Philadelphia to embark on their professional hockey careers. Starting Friday, they will hear their names called by the teams with which they will showcase their talents the next few years. One prospect, who will be taken with one of the first few picks Friday evening at the Wells Fargo Center, already has shown what he can do at the pro level. Aaron Ekblad has been playing hockey as a professional since he was given exceptional player status by Hockey Canada, and drafted with the first pick in the 2011 Ontario Hockey League when he was 15 years old. This is the first year he is eligible for the NHL draft, and he is taking the opportunity afforded to him. Now just 18, he is a consensus top-five pick, and has drawn comparisons to great defensemen such as Chris Pronger and Shea Weber.
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January 18, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shea Weber, Nashville's franchise defenseman, politely declined to talk about almost being a Flyer after the Predators' morning skate Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. On Thursday night, Weber faced the Flyers for the first time since they signed him to a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet in the summer of 2012. He had three points as the Predators won, 4-3, in a shootout. Nashville matched the offer for the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Weber, who was a restricted free agent, and he remained with the Predators.
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December 3, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - The Flyers got the result they wanted - a 3-2 shootout win in Nashville on Saturday night - but they need to play much better if their six-game road trip is going to be a success. They stole two points against the injury-riddled Predators because goalie Steve Mason was brilliant and because their penalty kill, led by the blossoming Sean Couturier, was 5 for 5. "I didn't think we were very sharp, but they hung in there and battled," said coach Craig Berube, whose team plays in Minnesota on Monday night.
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May 21, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
If selected by the Flyers in next month's NHL draft, hulking defenseman Darnell Nurse would not feel an added burden playing in Philadelphia - and living up to the standard set in another sport by his famous uncle, former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. "There is a link there, but I don't see how the pressure crosses over," Nurse, a mature 18-year-old, said the other day from his home in Hamilton, Ontario. "It's a different sport, a different position. The pressure will be put on by myself to make a mark like he did. It won't come from other people.
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May 10, 2013 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
Second in a series   THE FLYERS have the NHL's most expensive collection of second- and third-pairing defensemen. That's not a knock - or at least, an intentional one. You see, Kimmo Timonen ($6 million), Braydon Coburn ($4.5 million), Andrej Meszaros ($4 million), Luke Schenn ($3.6 million) and Nick Grossmann ($3.5 million) are all fine players. Most NHL teams would love to add a defenseman of that caliber to their roster this summer. But for the Flyers, five No. 3 defensemen - or worse - does not a contender make.
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May 6, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last time the Flyers won the Stanley Cup, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was a box-office sensation, sentences were handed out for the Watergate cover-up, and gas was about 57 cents a gallon. Yeah, it's been a while. Thirty-eight years, to be exact. No one is more frustrated than Ed Snider, the Flyers' founder and chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, the team's parent company. The frustration grew this season. First there was the senseless lockout. Then the Flyers' head-scratching, inconsistent play caused them to miss the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 years.
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April 15, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - There is a bright side to the Flyers' flop of a season: This is regarded as one of the best draft classes in recent years, and they figure to get an early selection June 30 in Newark. The draft includes two big defensemen who are related to former pro athletes: Seth Jones, son of Popeye Jones, who played 10-plus NBA seasons, and Darnell Nurse, nephew of Donovan McNabb, whose career with the Eagles is well-documented in these parts. Scouts call the 6-foot-3, 208-pound Jones the consensus No. 1 overall pick, while the 6-4, 190-pound Nurse is projected to be drafted as high as fifth and as low as 11th in the first round.
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March 31, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though they managed a gritty 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon, the Flyers are having a head-scratching season: a 14-17-3 record that has them near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Now look at the same juncture last season and swallow hard: a 21-9-4 record for 46 points - 15 more than this year's team. No wonder winger Scott Hartnell said when he met with club chairman Ed Snider the other day, "you could see the hurt in his eyes by obviously the way we're playing.
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