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May 2, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; A Nashville Predators Ice Girl removes a catfish from the ice during the first period of game three in the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Phoenix Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators beat the Coyotes, 2-0. Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Preds Land the Big Fish

March 26, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 7-2 clinching a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Predators Match $110M Deal for Weber

A summertime lacking in trades received a booster shot yesterday when the New York Rangers traded away three roster players and a first round pick to the Columbus Blue

April 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) carries the puck in game two of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Jackets for power forward Rick Nash. An overpayment? Likely. But the Philadelphia Flyers’ signing of Shea Weber to an offer sheet a week ago seemed to be to the final straw for the Rangers. They didn’t want to be left in the offseason dust as the only Eastern Conference powerhouse not to do something – anything – to retool, and so they finally gave into the Blue Jackets’ lofty demands.

A day later the Nashville Predators decided to keep their star defenseman. The Preds had a week to make the decision, and they took almost every minute of it – whether they were having a bake sale to get the final chunks of Weber’s cash together, or just giving the old middle finger salute to the Flyers is open to debate (personally, I believe the Predators were planning to keep Weber from the get-go and just wanted to put the Flyers in an inconvenient holding pattern for a week).

And while Philadelphia was waiting to see what Nashville would do the Rangers filled their biggest hole – scoring.

Apr 07, 2012; Montreal, QC, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn (2) before the first period against Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-US PRESSWIRE

So it’s your move, Philadelphia. Other than bringing over-priced defenseman Luke Schenn into fold, the Flyers have done little of consequence this offseason. So what’s next? Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren has shown that he’s not afraid to use offer sheets – could he have his eyes set on any other restricted free agents?

The Jets’ own Evander Kane comes to mind. Dallas’ Jamie Benn is also in contract talks.

Signing a player to an offer sheet is no guarantee that he’ll be wearing a new jersey come October. Weber’s proof enough of that. If anything, an offer sheet can make contract talks easier for a team like the Jets.

Stuck arguing over a few bucks and a no movement clause? The Philadelphia Flyers will gladly overpay your player – and if you want to keep him, just pay up… and up… and up. And if the price is completely unrealistic? No problem. The NHL has worked out a fancy scheme to ensure teams are compensated when their players are poached.

A player of Kane’s ability would easily fetch a compensatory first, second and third round pick. Or Kevin Cheveldayoff could just match an offer and let Jets fans see Kane wearing their favourite jersey for another five or six years.

 Offer Sheet Breakdown

Offer:

Compensation:

$1,034,249 or less Nothing
$1,034,250 to $1,567,043 Third-round pick
$1,567,044 to $3,134,088 Second-round pick
$3,134,089 to $4,701,131 First-round and third-round   picks
$4,701,132 to $6,268,175 First-round, second-round and   third-round picks
$6,268,176 to $7,835,219 Two first-round picks, one   second, one third-round pick
More than $7,835,219 Four first-round picks

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets Evander Kane Luke Schenn New York Rangers Philadelphia Flyers Rick Nash Shea Weber Winnipeg Jets

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