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by Paul on 06/09/12 at 11:59 AM ET
from Rob Parent of the Daily Times,
While Jagr, who has the strong support of Claude Giroux behind him, should force the Flyers’ hands and demand a two-year deal with a comfortable upgrade over last year’s $3.3 million per year salary hit — and have Svoboda keep flirting with the Red Wings to help make it happen — the Flyers should put pressure on the Predators in an effort to replace Pronger’s concussion-caused vacancy.
It’s tricky because Weber is a pending restricted free agent, and Nashville has made overtures to re-sign him. If he doesn’t do so, they have to tender him a standard qualifying offer sheet by June 30. At that point, Weber can sign for a year at a 10-percent pay hike, choose to go to salary arbitration, or just wait to see what teams like the Flyers do.
Judging by their history, the Flyers would likely play along and put together an offer sheet for Weber aimed at pricing the Preds out of the market. They have the right to match any offer sheet, but if the landscape is too pricy, there are a couple of nice alternatives.
Weber would command a salary figure that would require four first-round draft picks from the Flyers as compensation, and it would free Nashville to do what it takes to keep Suter. More likely, the Flyers could trim their own payroll by working a deal with the Preds for Weber, banking on his willingness to sign a long-term extension sometime before or during next season.
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