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Predators retain Weber; Ink Colin Wilson

Almost one week ago, multiple teams were closing in on acquiring Shea Weber’ services to join a new team if the location was right. That is where Philadelphia went to “Plan B”: Send an offer sheet. And so they did. The offer sheet was a 14 year, 110 U.S. million dollar contract and Weber did not hesitate to sign it. It made sense for him. He was looking for a cup contending team and also looking to earn his due which is rightfully deserved. Nashville had seven days to match it and carefully looked over each detail of the contract. Five days later, they have finally decided to keep Weber in Nashville and try to contend for another cup run. Nashville, who already lost Ryan Suter, their former other top defenseman, left to Minnesota with a similar contract. That was a big blow to the team and losing Weber would have devastated the teams structure of a Stanley Cup contender. Now they can focus on adding pieces around Shea Weber

The details of the contract is the following: His cap hit per year is a league high of $7,857,143 dollars. For the first four years(2012-2013 to 2015-2016) he will earn a base salary of 14 million per year which includes a 13 million dollar signing bonus. The next two years(2016-2017 to 2017-2018) he will earn a base salary of 12 million dollars which include an eight million dollar signing bonus. Then, the next four years(2018-2019 to 2021-2022) he will be earning a base salary of six million dollars with no signing bonus. For the 2022-2023 season he will earn a base salary of three million dollars and the final three years of the contract (2023-2024 to 2025-2026) he will earn one million dollars with no signing bonus.

Not only has Nashville retained Weber, but they also signed former seventh overall draft pick of the 2008 draft, Colin Wilson. The contract is a three-year deal worth six million dollars. He is expected to make 1.5 million dollars the first year, two million the second year and 2.5 million the third year. Wilson, had a career high in assists (20) and also points (36), while tallying 16 goals. Wilson has been in the league for three years now and has steadily improved his game. He is a very talented player, but has played more of a defensive role. Wilson will be entering his fourth year and he is expected to have a breakout year on Nashville.


Rick Nash Traded In A Blockbuster

The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets have made a long-awaited blockbuster trade involving superstar Rick Nash. There has been months of speculation of where Rick Nash was going to be traded after asking Scott Howson to trade him after some personal words cross ways, which led to Nash wanting a trade. In the end, the New York Rangers have traded Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, Artem Anisimov and a first round draft pick for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle, and a conditional 3rd round draft pick.

Rick Nash had this to say about joining Broadway “I think they already are one of the top teams in the league and the players they have there is pretty impressive right from the goaltender and the defense and right on up. I’m proud to be part of the organization and the whole city.”

Nash is an exciting player who brings speed, power, and goal scoring ability to the table. The New York Rangers will need Nash’ goal scoring ability a lot with Marian Gaborik out until at least December with a shoulder surgery. This being one reason they needed Nash, they also saw that they lacked goal scoring in the playoffs as Gaborik disappeared with only five goals in 20 playoff games.

On the other side of the trade, the Blue Jackets got a decent return for Nash, but not a full return. Scott Howson was asking for a lot from New York, which included players like Kreider, Stepan and McDonagh who were said to be untouchable. Dubinsky is a solid two-way forward who will bring power and scoring to the table. He plays well against the boards and can defend. Tim Erixon is an upcoming offensive defenseman who has top four pairing potential. Anisimov is also a decent goal scoring forward who will provide some depth to the team. The first round pick will likely be late in the draft.

All and all, I think the return Columbus got was not enough to replicate what Rick Nash brought to the table. He is a 30 goal scorer year in and year out and will probably hit 40 goals-80 points with better teammates in New York. I can not see Dubinsky and Anisimov providing  bigger numbers in Columbus. Only time will tell though.