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Pillage from the Predators, loot the players and burn the league down: Ed Snider’s a crook

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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Let’s play the “What if game?”. What of the Rangers had been the ones to make and sign Weber?  Would he still be making said claims?  Does he lump the Pens with Crosby, Wild with Suter and Parise, NJ with Kovy or even NYR with Richards?  I understand that his idea revolves partially around the idea of the signing bonus as a tool of enticement and the owners being Hypocrits.. But seriously is there a little jealousy that the Rangers didn’t sign the sheet. The Flyers are the Antichrist to a lot of people and Brooks sounds like one of them.

  The Rangers were hockey’s version of the Yankees for years and now other teams are moving up to get the big players.

Posted by Larry Who? from Here on 07/22/12 at 02:03 PM ET

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The Rangers were hockey’s version of the Yankees for years

are you nuts?  yankees are competitive and win titles, rangers not so much.  more like the red sox lol

Posted by akwingsfan from alaska on 07/22/12 at 03:02 PM ET

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Much as I can’t stand Brooks, he’s been all over the owners’ BS in the CBA situation.

It’s incredibly smarmy to sign a $100 million contract for something on Tuesday and negotiate with a third party to reduce it to $75 million on Wednesday.

Posted by larry from pitt on 07/22/12 at 04:48 PM ET

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Let’s play the “What if game?”. What of the Rangers had been the ones to make and sign Weber?  Would he still be making said claims?  Does he lump the Pens with Crosby, Wild with Suter and Parise, NJ with Kovy or even NYR with Richards?  I understand that his idea revolves partially around the idea of the signing bonus as a tool of enticement and the owners being Hypocrits.. But seriously is there a little jealousy that the Rangers didn’t sign the sheet. The Flyers are the Antichrist to a lot of people and Brooks sounds like one of them.

  The Rangers were hockey’s version of the Yankees for years and now other teams are moving up to get the big players.

Posted by Larry Who? from Here on 07/22/12 at 12:03 PM ET


I see what you’re saying. Brooks has played that game for years. When Derek Stepan elbows a guy in the face, it’s an accident made by a thoroughly decent human being. When Dominic Moore tries to check ruslan Fedotenko, misses him, hits his stick on accident, which slingshots into Fedotenko’s face, Moore’s an evil mastermind with perfect vision of the future. He’s the biggest homer that their is.

However, I think you’re off the mark on this one. If Sather had signed Weber AND was the architect of the proposed salary rollbacks, Brooks would turn on him. Larry Brook’s biases favor Larry Brooks, Unions, Players he likes, and the Rangers in that order. If the fourth were to go against the second, he’d try to slaughter them.

Posted by larry from pitt on 07/22/12 at 04:56 PM ET

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Here, “Mr. Brooks” discounts the fact that “Mr. Snider” tried to resign “Mr. Jagr” and “Mr. Carle” but both left for greater money.  If “Mr. Brooks” was honest with us, he’d realize that this is (a.) Plan B for “Mr. Snider” and (b.) well within the framework of the rules.  Secondly, “Mr. Brooks” fails to mention that “Mr. Poile” gladly and willingly accepts the cash provided to “Mr. Poile” by markets such as the Rangers and Flyers by the current revenue sharing agreement.  “Mr. Brooks” also fails to identify that 31 teams in the league had the opportunity to make the same deal.  Additionally, “Mr. Brooks” fails to make certain that he’s pointed out that “Mr. Snider” is simply trying to improve his club.  If Columbus takes a deal for their greatest marketing piece, where is the continental divide of difference?  Big team praying on small market?  Nah…  Oh, and if you think that the Rangers aren’t a big spending team, just look pre-lockout numbers.  Consistently the highest in the League, well over the $70 million marker.  Don’t we find this all hypocritcal?  But we all know Brooks is a bitter hack.  I should have left it at that…What a joke.

Posted by Bob from Washington, DC on 07/22/12 at 11:06 PM ET

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Additionally, “Mr. Brooks” fails to make certain that he’s pointed out that “Mr. Snider” is simply trying to improve his club.

Is he? Perhaps, but the notion of inking a person to an $X per year contract while simultaneously negotiating with a second party to drop X by 25% via back door means sounds an awful lot like negotiating in bad faith does it not?

Posted by larry from pitt on 07/23/12 at 01:08 AM ET

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