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Nashville Has Money To Spend

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper,

Even before Suter and Parise spurned them, the Predators had more money available under the current 2012-13 salary cap, which is subject to change pending the outcome of negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, than any other NHL team. Currently they are roughly $15 million shy of the minimum teams are required to spend on salaries and a little more than $30 million away from the cap.

That means there are numerous options team officials can explore through trades or free agency between now and the start of the season.

“It’s disappointing, but it’s a little bit of a new challenge,” coach Barry Trotz said about Suter’s decision. “You never know. What we think is a setback today may open the door to something else.”

It is no secret they want to direct a significant chunk of that money — as soon as possible — to captain Shea Weber as part of a long-term deal. If Weber, currently a restricted free agent, declines a long-term offer he is in position to become an unrestricted free agent next July.

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Keyser S.'s avatar

$15 mill shy of the minimum? There may be something wrong with this salary cap thingy. What were they supposed to do, give suter $10 mill? When a bunch of teams have money to spend and no where to spend it, I’m thinking the salary cap may be too high. We need to overpay to get the cap floor?

Posted by Keyser S. on 07/06/12 at 10:41 AM ET

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$15 million to get to the cap floor….and they wonder why Suter bolted as soon as he could.

It also means Polie is going to match any offer anyone puts on Weber.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 07/06/12 at 11:44 AM ET

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Well, to be fair if they were able to keep Suter and then re-sign Weber those on their own would put them above the floor and they would still have 2 roster spots to fill.

Oh, and let’s also not forget that as of right now, with 22 players under contract, Detroit is under the floor.

Posted by Garth on 07/06/12 at 11:59 AM ET

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and they wonder why Suter bolted as soon as he could.

I am not sure what facts you used to make this statement? Based on every comment by Weber and Suter it came down to Minnesota and Nashville for his final decision.

Posted by timbits on 07/06/12 at 12:02 PM ET

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Posted by Keyser S. from http://www.theredwingsforum.com on 07/06/12 at 09:41 AM ET

I think this article is BS. Nashville has money NOW that they’re not paying Suter. But long-term, had they signed Suter, they’d have had huge cash tied to their top line D and their G, with no real offense. They should have traded Suter’s rights for a depth player on D and gone after a wing or a center for some offense with the money. Instead, they sat around and waited while the FA market got picked.

And now, the whole hockey world looks at them as the jilted lover, like their must be something wrong with them when their guy wouldn’t even let them match the offer from Minnesota.

Poile is an idiot. And now he’s out there bemoaning the situation which just makes them look worse. My bet is that Weber screws them over too, primarily because of how he was treated during his arbitration, which got ugly. A quote about that time:

.... the Predators had to present a case that Weber — a Norris Trophy runner-up, an Olympic gold medalist, a two-time All-Star and the first captain from their own system — was worth $4.75 million for one season. Based on current salaries, that would make Weber the 26th highest-paid defenseman next season.

He ended up getting $7.5MM. How pissed was Weber, do you think? And Nashville now has to literally kiss the ass of the guy who they tried to tear down just one year ago.

Posted by awould on 07/06/12 at 12:10 PM ET

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.... the Predators had to present a case that Weber — a Norris Trophy runner-up, an Olympic gold medalist, a two-time All-Star and the first captain from their own system — was worth $4.75 million for one season. Based on current salaries, that would make Weber the 26th highest-paid defenseman next season.

He ended up getting $7.5MM. How pissed was Weber, do you think? And Nashville now has to literally kiss the ass of the guy who they tried to tear down just one year ago.

Posted by awould on 07/06/12 at 11:10 AM ET

LOL! You serious? They offered him $4.75. Now that’s some funny sheet. Needless to say, weber will be testing the ufa market unless nashville ponies up the 10 year/$9 mill a year right now.

Posted by Keyser S. on 07/06/12 at 12:14 PM ET

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... the Predators had to present a case that Weber — a Norris Trophy runner-up, an Olympic gold medalist, a two-time All-Star and the first captain from their own system — was worth $4.75 million for one season. Based on current salaries, that would make Weber the 26th highest-paid defenseman next season.

You just don’t Detroit management low-balling their captain or any players.  Poile has to live with that now.

Despite this week’s events, you see one of many reasons players still like to play in Detroit.  (listen to the quotes from Renny, Gustavsson & Tootoo if you’re still not convinced.)

Posted by vfsvfl on 07/06/12 at 12:18 PM ET

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Not sure what Nashville could have done, the bitter crying and nashing of teeth is quite humorous.

Posted by timbits on 07/06/12 at 12:40 PM ET

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Based on every comment by Weber and Suter it came down to Minnesota and Nashville for his final decision.

I’m pretty sure he said it was between Detroit and Minny, no?  I know Parise said his decision was between Minny and Jersey.

Posted by Garth on 07/06/12 at 01:44 PM ET

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