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Confirmed: Weber’s contract doesn’t have a no-trade clause

Sep 5, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(May 1, 2012 - Source: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Save for anytime next season, the Nashville Predators are free to trade Shea Weber.

Weber’s agent, Jarrett Bousquet, tells Josh Cooper of The Tennessean that Weber’s 14-year, $110 million contract has been registered with the NHL and, as expected, does not include a no-trade or no-movement clause.

When a team matches an offer sheet for a restricted free agent, as the Preds did to keep their captain from joining the Flyers, the rules state that the player cannot be traded the following season.

Once the moratorium is over, however, Weber won’t be able to block a trade.

We hear the Flyers, Red Wings and Canucks have some interest.

  1. vshehane - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    The Preds have even more interest. He stays in Nashville.

    • windmiller4 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Just because they have the interest for him doesn’t mean they have the funds for him

      • vshehane - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        Obviously you don’t know that either. My guess he will be in Nashville.
        Do you really think they would trade him to the above mentioned teams?

      • windmiller4 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

        If the team cant afford to keep him what choice do they have? If Nashville can’t come up with the money then they either keep weber and start down the path of phoenix, or they trade him to keep the franchise alive. I don’t know all the finances of the preds, but i doubt they will have an easy time paying him, especially if there is a lockout.

  2. jimw81 - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Last time i checked nash total gate rev is 23 million and weber is going to get $27 in lockout. plus nash has to pay Rinne 49 million and no one knows the structure of new cba is going to be like. No way weber stays in nash. its well know he wanted to be for flyers.

    • sportsfreak13 - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Their owner ( the guy who cuts the checks) is worth billions so if he already agreed to match the contract and pay 26 or 27 million in the first year (when he cant be traded) do you really think he will then trade him after paying 1/4 of the contract and still have 9 years left. Use your brain man. Even if the new cba has a more strict cap they will not trade their only huge star. Keep dreaming though.

      • tnhockeygal - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        FYI…our owner is a group of individuals not a single person….and all the owners participate so they all write checks.!

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Sep 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      he did not “want to be for flyers” – he just signed the most lucrative contract he could get.
      I assume (and hope) Nashville uses him in his best years and then dumps him tom a rich and arrogat team like Philly.

      • aosplayo - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        those rich and arrogant teams keep the piss poor market teams in business to begin with…….Weber is as good as gone, Rangers, Flyers, Red Wings, Leafs, Canucks will all be calling, Id include Boston too…….

  3. phillyphever - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Oh goodie, we get to go though this next year. Swell, just swell.

  4. davebabychreturns - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    If Nashville decides to deal Weber at some point during the first few years (when he is collecting 90% of that year’s pay on July 1st in the form of a bonus) you can bet it will be early in the offseason when they’ve got a full season out of him and are in a position to preside over a major bidding war before his next bonus is due.

    And yeah the Flyers and Canucks and Red Wings would all love to get this player but in that situation would they offer the Preds the best return? What if the New York Islanders offered up three first round picks and three or four of their best young players, or something of that nature?

    It’d be Weber’s worst nightmare (aside from not getting a bonkers $100m contract of course).

    I don’t know if it’s that a No Trade Clause can not be included in an offer sheet or that Weber and his agent for some reason just forgot to include one, or the Flyers refused to offer one so they could still acquire him if the Predators matched, but there’s no doubt in my mind the Predators would decline to just offer him something of immense value for nothing.

  5. sgtr0c - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Why would they match the Flyers offer, pay the most expensive part of the deal and then trade him away? And if they had to trade him, because of money issues, what team is gonna give them the world, when every team knows they are trading him cause they cannot afford him? And if it is just to keep him away from the Flyers, how is that gonna bring a cup to Nashville anytime soon? Train wreck……..

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Why would a team pass up the chance to acquire (arguably) the best defenseman in the game just because if they collude with several other teams and all refuse to trade for him, the price will drop?

      If I’m running the Canucks and the Paul Holmgren and Ken Holland want this player too, I’m doing what it takes to get him rather than trying to agree with them to all hold off (and risk losing him if one party makes their best offer without the others knowing).

      It’s a classic prisoner’s dilemma.

  6. hockeyissweet - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    next year he’s a flyer, it’s obvious.

  7. theawesomersfranchise - Sep 5, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Preds will never trade Weber to my Wings, They could have the best offer and the Preds will still take less to send him to the East.

  8. jelliot1978 - Sep 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    considering the way the contract is setup and Nash has to pay him 27 mil between now and July 1st of next year which is before they could trade him, it would be a really bad move on their part. Not to mention a huge waste of money. It would be more likely that they would trade him later on in the contract but still the first years are heavier than the last.

  9. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    There’s hope haha!

  10. hines86for6 - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    I’m a Preds fan.

    I don’t expect Shea Weber to be Captain of the team for the next 14 years. He’ll play probably half of it which is still a long time.

    At this point, The Preds can trade him for a King’s ransom as he’ll be on the much cheaper part of the deal as front loaded as it is. He’ll be 34 years old and likely still elite. The Preds can sit back and let him go to who wants him the most for the best offer. Cash too? (teams knowing they’ll get him for a bargain.

    The Preds didn’t match this contract to trade him in a year or 2. Those of you who think so are Jabronies.

  11. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    He’ll look great in a Jets uniform. Weber and Big Buff manning the back end on the PP? Yes please.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Ha ha ha. This is just great. Like I said when the whole offer sheet drama went down. The Preds cannot afford this contract. The whole matching ballet was smoke and mirrors to save face with the fans. There is going to be a lock out and that will be the excuse given to trade Weber. Why do you think that Homer hasn’t made any trades for a tip tier Dman with all the injuries to our blue line. Weber will be wearing Orange and Black within the year.

      • sportsfreak13 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        You flyer fans are not the brightest huh? Weber CAN NOT be traded for the entire next season or as you put it within the year and will be paid a guaranteed amount of 27 million (roughly 1/4 of his contract). You really think they will trade him after paying 1/4 of his contract and having 9/10 of his playing years left on that same contract. Homer probably hasn’t made a move yet because the new CBA is talkiing about lowering the cap to 58 million and your team currently sits around 67 million. USE YOUR HEAD.

  12. broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Yeah were not the brightest and neither is your ownership group.

    When I stated the year I meant calendar year not the season. Everyone knows that Weber cannot be traded the first year whether there is a lock out or not. If the Preds have no intention of trading Weber why not give your captain and your fans some peace of mind? The truth of the matter is they never had any intention of keeping Weber. In all honesty Shea may not end up with the Flyers but he sure ad hell won’t be in Trashville “in a year”. On another note you do know that owners are pushing hard to put cash offers into trading players. If this happens do you really think that the Preds will care about eating 27million the first year? There are plenty of large market teams that would pay that and throw in players for one of the top 3 D-men in the league. If you think that Homer hasn’t made a move because of the possibility that the cap will go down, well then I have a 110million dollar Dman that you can afford…on second thought have fun in Quebec City. I hear they have a great new premier. Go Le Predateurs!!!!

    • sportsfreak13 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      A no trade clause wouldn’t give the fans peace of mind, a 10 year deal matching should though. A no trade clause just gives Weber the leverage by allowing him what teams hell accept a trade to.

  13. nardwar - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    This is what was so stupid about Holmgren’s move – Nashville is paying such a huge chunk of the salary up front, during the period in which he cannot be traded. Once Nashville gets through the trade moratorium, Weber will be relatively cheap so it will be impossible to get him out of Nashville. By the end of the moratorium, Nashville will have paid Weber $27 million, leaving an average annual cost of $6.38 million on the remaining 13 seasons.

    Even better, even if there is a partial work stoppage, those bonuses aren’t pro-rated, so Weber has $26 million guaranteed.

    All Holmgren did with his offer sheet was ensure that Weber will never, ever be traded by the Preds. Holmgren was played by Weber to get Weber the contract he wanted out of Nashville, there was never a chance of him becoming a Flyer.

  14. dkphilly1122 - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Nashville fans are clueless. Weber definitely WANTED to be a Flyer and IF Nashville has and had no intentions or plans of trading Weber, why wouldn’t there be a NTC. That’s all there is to think about. Why pay 27 mill and NOT have a NTC to protect your investment that your team can’t afford as is. I don’t care how rich one of the owners is. He’s not there to lose money year in and year out, plus the co owners aren’t as rich as he is. So why would they keep losing revenue each year for one player?? A Big market team could easily afford that because they have real revenue. He’ll be traded without a doubt to someone after the calendar year. Otherwise there’d be the NTC. We’ll see in a year.

    • hockeyniks - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      Very true. Let’s face it. This guy has way too much talent to be STUCK in Nashville. Philly has a huge market and team who has a much better chance of raising Lord Stanley than Nashville. I know that hurts the fans of Nashville but Philly has very knowlegable fans who live, eat, breathe and s#*@ hockey. Nashville’s fans need to be entertained at a game. Besides, does anyone really think Weber wants to be a part of the Carrie ‘Overkill’ /Mike Underwood “dog and pony show”? Get real? They OK’d that huge contract so the eventually didn’t have to pay it and could get some young players/ prospects out of the deal. Hey Shea…You will look awesome in Orange and Black! Can’t wait.

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