Shea Weber CBA offer sheet compensation CHEAT SHEET

I’ve been reading some crazy stuff on the topic of Shea Weber’s offer sheet. I just wanted to jot down some quick thoughts before bed.

  • Nashville has seven days to match the offer sheet signed by Weber.
  • If they match, the offer sheet becomes a valid contract between Weber and Nashville.
  • If they don’t, the offer sheet becomes a valid contract between Weber and Philadelphia.
  • There is no renegotiation of the deal. The deal is the deal. The only question is, WHO is the deal with, Philly or Nashville.
  • If Nashville lets Walker go Weber walk, they get, as compensation, four first round draft picks from Philly.
  • The CBA says that these picks have to be the original picks of the team that tendered the offer sheet (i.e. they can’t use picks they’ve acquired in trade). If you don’t have the picks, you can’t make the offer.
  • The Flyers would have the option of giving the Preds four of their next five 1st round picks. They get to pick a year in which they keep their pick.
  • No matter what happens, Weber can’t be traded for one year after the deal is official.
  • I read in several places that the compensation in draft picks is two 1sts, a 2nd and a 3rd. See my previous post on this topic.
  • The bottom line there is, the CBA (Article 10.4) doesn’t use the cap hit of the deal to figure the compensation. You take the total amount of the deal and divide by the number of years of the deal, or you divide by five…whichever is smaller. Five is smaller. So you divide by five, not fourteen. That puts the $100MM deal way way way into the highest compensation category.
  • I also read in a few places that whether Nashville matches or not depends on the way the deal is structured, Preds fans in particular worrying that if the deal has some kind of massive, unlimited front-end bonus situation, then maybe they wouldn’t be able to match it. Stop worrying. There’s a limit to how much they can frontload it. It’s this:
  • No single season’s compensation (which includes bonuses) can exceed 20% of the “upper limit” (which is what the cap ceiling is called in the CBA) in the year in which the player signs.
  • This year the ceiling is $70.2MM. That means Weber’s deal can’t pay him more than $14.05MM in any one year of his deal.
  • And this includes bonuses.
  • Presumably, the reason for the signing bonuses is that they can be paid in one lump sum, rather than carved up into the player’s paycheck. Also:
  • Signing bonuses, people keep saying and I honestly don’t remember but let’s take their word for it, were still paid during the last lock-out.

I can’t think of anything else at the moment.


  7 comments for “Shea Weber CBA offer sheet compensation CHEAT SHEET

  1. Jack
    July 19, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Double-check thought 5. Slight proof-reading needed.

    • July 19, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      Fixed. Yes, I’m tired.

      • OneTimer
        July 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        Funny, I actually sorta thought you purposefully had referred to Weber as a “Walker” … but I guess you’d technically call him a “Walkee”? (as in: the one to whom something is done, in this case: walk.) Regardless- neither of which should probably be capitalized.

        Ok, carry on.

  2. JamesFlagg
    July 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Big time sack from Holmgren for the second year in a row…..Flyer fans will vigorously deny it, but I’m sure the sight of banished Flyers Richards & Carter toting the Cup around this summer has ramped up their desire to get back to the Finals…although Weber is a great addition, it still probably comes down to whether Bryzgalev can get his game together…..

  3. Jack
    July 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    While he’s not in the same league as Weber (well, he is, but you know what I mean), I find it funny Philly still hasn’t signed Voracek.

  4. July 19, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    And here we thought trading away one or two first round picks was bad…

    This must be karma catching up to the Preds for those Bridgestone Arena signs that said “centerpiece of Stanley Cup Champions Nashville Predators.”

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