Update (10:22 AM): Alright, looks like the Wings couldn’t just turn around and extend Weber before the new CBA goes into effect. Per the CBA, Artile 50.5 (f)(iv):
A Player who is party to a one-year SPC may not enter into an “extension” of such SPC prior to January 1 of the League Year covered by such SPC.
So, unless long, low-cap hit deals somehow survive (lots of teams do them, so it’s not impossible—but it is unlikely), Weber’s not really going to be that affordable. So, pretty much nevermind this.
And I’m suddenly feeling a lot less positive about the possibility of landing him as a UFA next summer, too. Edit: Weber would command the league max or close to it and, without the cap hit flattening effects of a long-term deal, the Wings have too many other cap commitments to easily pay out that much for more than this year. So if he ends up being a UFA, he’s going to be a tough fit at best. – Matt
CapGeek (@capgeek) enables fan craziness:
Filppula ($3.000m)â€”Datsyuk ($6.700m)â€”Franzen ($3.955m)
Cleary ($2.800m)â€”Zetterberg ($6.083m)â€”Samuelsson ($3.000m)
Nyquist ($0.875m)â€”Helm ($2.125m)â€”Bertuzzi ($2.075m)
Miller ($0.838m)â€”Emmerton ($0.533m)â€”Tootoo ($1.900m)
Mursak ($0.550m)â€”Eaves ($1.200m)
Kronwall ($4.750m)â€”Weber ($14.200m)
White ($2.875m)â€”Ericsson ($3.250m)
Kindl ($0.883m)â€”Quincey ($3.250m)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,200,000
CAP PAYROLL: $69,467,045
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $732,955
Weber gets the max cap hit, with one possible salary structure being $1 million in base, $13.2 million in a lockout-proof signing bonus (to make it both attractive to him and more difficult for Nashville to be able to match). Edit: I should add that the idea would obviously be to very quickly sign him to a long-term deal that would bring his cap hit to a more reasonable number. They’d have to do that as soon as possible because the new CBA is sure to clamp down on those kinds of deals. Weber is worth 4 first rounders if he can be locked up for years at a reasonable rate.
No Holmstrom (retired). No Abdelkader (redundant). No Brunner (reassigned).
No Semin. No Doan. No Nash. No Ryan. The Wings go with an emphasis on defense.
Quincey gets a minor raise just because CapGeek recommended it (looking at his production, I’m not even sure he’s due that much).
Emmerton sticks around because of the center problem.
Smith and Kindl are interchangeable.
Obviously, this almost certainly doesn’t happen. But it would be possible.