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Weber’s agent: Philadelphia is “a destination place”

Jul 19, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 13: Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on April 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Kevin Epp, the player agent representing Nashville defenseman Shea Weber, spoke with the Philadelphia media on Thursday after his client signed a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet with the Flyers.

His comments might not sit too well with the Predator faithful.

Sam Carchidi of Philly.com reports Epp said Philadelphia is “a destination place” and that he and Weber “felt it was the right fit.”

Weber does have some ties to the organization. Former Predators teammates Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen have been in Philly since 2007; Weber also played with Braydon Coburn on Team Canada at the 2005 World Juniors. (Weber also roomed with Luke Schenn in WHL Kelowna.)

Even though Nashville has seven days to match the offer sheet, Epp sounded as though he and his client were ready to move on from the Predators.

“When Ryan [Suter] left, I think things changed,” Epp told CSN Philly. “It wasn’t the same team that finished the season.”

  1. phillyphever - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Anyone got some popcorn? This is gonna be quite a show.

  2. miketoasty - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    With that right there I think the Preds have to let him walk. Even if they bring him back he won’t be the same crowd favorite that he has been. No one wants to root for a guy who doesn’t even want to be there.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Yup, it sure will be tough to bring him back to Nashville now.

    I can’t stand the thought of seeing Weber in a Flyers jersey for the remainder of his career.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      “I can’t stand the thought of seeing Weber in a Flyers jersey for the remainder of his career.” AGREED.

      • beavertonsteve - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        I’m a Flyers fan, but if I was a Predators fan those comments would be a punch in the gut. Who wants to see their team captain bolt for a bigger market for the rest of their career.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        No one does, but nothing is set yet. If I were Poile, I’d sign Weber and move on. Homer doesn’t wanna part with Coots or Schenn? NO SOUP FOR YOU.

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I would think anyplace with $10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 would be a destination !

    • nobandwagoners - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      How can people disagree with that comment, particularly with the uncertainty whether these monster-sized, long term deals might not be allowed under the next CBA? The sheer size of the number thrown at Weber, an amount that he’s pretty much guaranteed to get (so long as he’s healthy and can play), whereas who knows what the new CBA might bring and what might happen to Weber’s health or whatnot that may impact on his longevity.

      Yeah, I can imagine there are certain destinations that might not be so desireable but, still, it’d be pretty hard to turn down what Philly offered in that offer sheet, even if it came from some other less desirable market/team.

      At least Weber is worth spending on. He’s an elite D-man that every team would want. Better than Suter, imo.

      This is just another example of owners having to go into CBA negotiations to try and extract concessions from the NHLPA so that the owners can “save themselves from themselves”. I don’t blame the player from agreeing to these monster deals or deals that might “circumvent” the cap or its intent, nor do I blame player agents for negotiating those deals. But the GMs – c’mon; hard for owners to complain about escalating costs and salaries, etc., when they are complicit in driving the salary market!

  5. mclovinhockey - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Agreed with toasty.

    Philly improves on D

    Preds get 4 first round picks

    He wants to play in Philly, matching the deal is not a smart move for a team whose income is not good enough for the team to be able to pay players enough to hit the floor.

    • ct14flyers - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      As much as I hope you’re right, I’m still worried this is going to be a Chris Gratton like deal and the Flyers will give up one of the Schenns, Vorachek, and two picks. But if Weber comes here, damn, we are good.

      • phillyphever - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        Not likely. Looks like Homer’s willing to part with 4 #1s to get Weber instead of parting with players.

  6. dclogicatlast - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Looks like the Flyers called the Preds bluff on this one

  7. davebabychreturns - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    You guys are all just assuming Nashville won’t match? It would be tough for them to do it but not nearly as tough as having to basically rebuild from the ground up.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Pretty much. It’s a hard call to make but if you want to ensure that fans will show up to your games, sometime you gotta ante up. I mean, come on, it’s friggin Shea Weber. If Poile is incompetent enough to not match the offer, I think that team is cooked, at least for a while until they rebuild.

  8. jake6881 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Homer is friends with Polie. They agreed to something before this sheet was signed. Stuff happens behind the sceens that we will never know. They will get 4 1st round picks but will agree on some players shortly after the flyers actually sign him. The teams probably already have discussed names and are just going through the motions to not upset the preds fan base. I could see coutier and read plus keeping two 1st rounders. Not a bad move considering they couldn’t afford that type of deal themselves. It sounds crazy but homer did Polie a solid. Polie maxed out with what he will get in return for a guy they couldn’t keep. In return the Flyers get a player they can afford and preds can’t. It works out! It suck that we loose coutier but we can regret that later! After we win a cup!

    • williplett - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      You are right: this sounds crazy.

      • yinzgotsix - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:42 PM

        shut the hell up polesmoker

  9. bucrightoff - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Nashville will match the offer no matter what. 4 1st round picks in the mid to late 20’s is nothing as far as compensation. They’ll be happy if 3 of those 4 first rounders pan out as actual NHL level players. They want to be able to control the potential return, and they can also start a bidding war, with the worst case scenario being they keep one of the best defensemen in the league.

    • youalldrinkhaterade - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      You do know that Weber was the 49th overall pick right?…How did that work out again?

  10. bcjim - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Sure its a destination….a crappy one.

    • dcabello528 - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      hey bcjim….whats that stand for??? big cunt jim?? just asking

  11. davebabychreturns - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    One further thought for those saying the Preds can’t afford this deal, do you think they are better off paying Weber an extra $6m over the next few years or pretty much folding their hand and admitting to their fan base that they are going to be years away from any kind of playoff contention?

  12. ltcpain75 - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    This may look good for the Flyers now but in 3-5 years when some of the young Flyers get raises/re-signed it’s going to be a cap migraine. The massive, long term contracts to Bryzgalov and Weber will be like anchors on a battleship and will hamstring Holmgren’s ability to retain talent.

  13. desertfan - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Does the offer sheet include a no trade clause?? ETC.

    • somekat - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      don’t know that it matters. It’s a 14 year deal, but almost 25% of it will be paid within 12 months. They can’t get out of paying that, because they can’t trade him until after the July 1st date that the next 12 million is due.

      If you pay that much of a contract for 1 year, and have 13 left, it doesn’t make much sense to trade him at that point

  14. suckitny - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Much better destination than Puke burgh

  15. hagigun - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    “When Ryan [Suter] left, I think things changed,” Epp told CSN Philly.

    hmmm…For those that have stated “Suter isn’t that good anyway.” It seems like Shea Weber has quite the different opinion and I probably trust his more since he actually played with him.

    For Nashville’s sake, I hope they keep Weber…but on the other hand, 4 picks and some good prospects already working down the pipe, could be a decent thing. Although guys like Fischer and Rinne certainly don’t want to hear that.

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