Shea Weber

Report: Weber’s front-loaded offer sheet worth $110 million, packed with signing bonuses


According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the financials are in on Philadelphia’s offer sheet to Nashville defenseman Shea Weber — and they are staggering.

Kypreos reports the per-season breakdowns of the 14-year deal work like this:

First four seasons (2012-16): $1 million in salary, $13 million in signing bonuses

Seasons five and six (2016-18): $4 million in salary, $8 million in signing bonuses

Seasons seven to 10 (2018-22): $6 million in salary

Season 11 (2022-23): $3 million in salary

Seasons 12 to 14: (2023-26): $1 million in salary


Okay, what it means for you non-mathletes out there…

— It’s a $7.9 million annual cap hit.

— The deal will play $68 million in total signing bonuses.

— In the first six years, the deal will pay $80 million.

— Weber will be the only current NHLer under contract until 2025-26. (Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Ilya Kovalchuk are currently signed until 2024-25.)

As Kypreos notes, the structure of the deal might make matching difficult for Nashville. The prospect of shelling out $80 million over the next six years might be too much for the organization (which, it should be noted, was sold in 2007 for $193 million.)

We’ll have more throughout the day.


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PHT Morning Skate: 10 years of Ovechkin; 10,000 days with Lamoriello

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Looking back at 10 years of Alex Ovechkin with the Washington Capitals, in case the above video made you want more. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

David Conte spent 10,000 days with Lou Lamoriello and lived to tell about it. (TSN)

Want to spot some contract year guys? Here are 32 pending restricted free agents. (Sportsnet)

NHL GMs are starting to sniff around with the 2015-16 season about to kick off. (Ottawa Sun)

Some backstory on Zack Kassian that was passed around on Twitter last evening. (Canucks website)

Hey, you can’t say Raffi Torres hasn’t literally paid for his ways:

This is some quality chirping between Jaromir Jagr and Matthew Barnaby:

Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?

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Does the NHL have a cocaine problem?

TSN caught up with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who provided some fascinating insight:

“The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they’re going up,” Daly said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis in any sense. What I’d say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you’ve hit a cycle where it’s an ‘in’ drug again.”


Daly said that he’d be surprised  “if we’re talking more than 20 guys” and then touched on something that may be a problem: they don’t test it in a “comprehensive way.”

As Katie Strang’s essential ESPN article about the Los Angeles Kings’ tough season explored in June, there are some challenges for testing for a drug like cocaine. That said, there are also some limitations that may raise some eyebrows.

For one, it metabolizes quickly. Michael McCabe, a Philadelphia-based toxicology expert who works for Robson Forensic, told that, generally speaking, cocaine filters out of the system in two to four days, making it relatively easy to avoid a flag in standard urine tests.

The NHL-NHLPA’s joint drug-testing program is not specifically designed to target recreational drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. The Performance Enhancing Substances Program is put into place to do exactly that — screen for performance-enhancing drugs.

So, are “party drugs” like cocaine and molly an issue for the NHL?

At the moment, the answer almost seems to be: “the league hopes not.”

Daly goes into plenty of detail on the issue, so read the full TSN article for more.