Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 07/22/12 at 04:32 AM ET
It’s been talked up quite a bit, but before stating the obvious—that the public relations campaign Shea Weber’s agents spun after he signed the Philadelphia Flyers’ $110-million offer sheet all but assured that the Nashville Predators will either be forced to match a contract they cannot afford to sign, or, more likely, work out some sort of tolerable compensation package with Philadelphia—the New York Post’s Larry Brooks calls out Flyers owner Ed Snider for what he is:
[A]s much as the Flyers’ bonus-laden, front-loaded $110 million offer to Weber was a righteous one, team chairman Ed Snider’s role in all this is as diabolical as they come, given his role as a notable hawk in the current labor negotiations.
For at the same time “Mr. Snider” authorized this offer to Weber, he is wholly supportive of the league effort to discount all but initial $13 million of the deal by nearly 25 percent.
Here is “Mr. Snider” agreeing to pay Weber $52 million in signing bonuses within the next three calendar years while engaged in an effort to prevent players from receiving even a nickel in signing bonuses going forward.
Here is “Mr. Snider” using his financial might to bulk up the Flyers while at the same time pledging to bankroll a lockout in order to stop the competition from ever doing this again.
For you see, Snider’s NBC/Comcast television contract with the NHL calls for the network to pay the league in full for this season — believed between $150 million and $160 million — even if 2012-13 is canceled in full.
Bravo to “Mr. Snider” for providing proof you can — in what polite circles would say — inhale and exhale at the same time.
Continued with Nash and Doan talk.
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