Fans’ Pride in Shea Weber is Justified

You know the old expression: You made your bed now lie in it? It is said to someone who must accept the unpleasant results of something they have said or done. It seems like for some people, the expression should be: You make your own bed and it’s someone else’s fault if it’s not made right. In a society where entitlement appears to be predominant and accountability is seemingly out the window, we all know people for whom it applies, don’t we?

In Montreal, there is no better example than what Habs’ fans are going through right now. Just because Shea Weber is clearly showing that once again, Canadiens’ General Manager Marc Bergevin got it right in trading fan favourite P.K. Subban, people don’t like having their overreaction thrown back in their face and are surprised that fans are making them accountable? “The trade is over three years old, when will people get over it and stop talking about it?“, they say. Yes, it’s a reminder that you have been overreacting about the trade and you are now proven wrong. We understand.

Here are just a few examples of fans’ reactions when the Canadiens announced the Subban-Weber trade. I’ll post the tweet so you can read more if you want:

I’m not posting this to show who did what, but rather what was said. Some of those people are fans who now love Weber. This is simply to show what kind of reactions we’re referring to here. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Remember when a Subban fan purchased a full page ad to prove his point? Talk about overreaction! This guy has now apparently given up his seasons’ tickets over it, tickets that someone else who was on a years-long waiting list happily scooped. Yeah, that’s gonna teach them right, Dr. Kowalski? In the meantime, The Gazette thanks you for your dollars and the Canadiens, well… thank the new season tickets holder!

But this isn’t new folks. Remember when we ran into other similar situations and wrote about it back when the Canadiens selected Jesperi Kotkaniemi, when just about everyone back then wanted them to pick Filip Zadina? Or when we touched on fans’ reactions when Alex Galchenyuk was traded for Max Domi? I can’t be the only one to notice a pattern here, right? And guess what? Many of the people overreacting like that are the same culprits each and every time!

The pride in Weber is fully justified and so is the rubbing some people are getting about it too. They were selling everyone that Weber was the lesser of the two, that he would fade while Subban would be in his prime. Fact is that Weber is having a career year while Subban has 5 points in 30 games, good for 136th in the NHL and sits at a dismal minus -15. And he was a recent target in the recent article on him in the New York Post.

So some people want others to stop rubbing it in and making them accountable? Tough luck! The next time there is something happening around the team, something you don’t like – because there will be more – perhaps you will learn from this and be a bit more reserved in your comments? Or maybe you won’t and you will fly off the handle again… but then don’t cry and get upset when others hold you accountable for your actions. There’s something to be said for being held accountable in life. Go Habs Go!

The Truth About Shea Weber’s Contract

Up with the crows this morning, what better timing than to address a crow to pluck? Without sounding like we crow about the topic, one cannot talk about one without the other as both players traded for each other are starting to show signs of crow’s feet. So let’s get to the topic as the crow flies while attempting not to crow over those who have to eat crow… as there aren’t enough black scavenger birds in the world to serve all of those who deserve it.

We are all forced to admit that at 34, Habs’ captain Shea Weber is having a career season. The biggest “concern” from some were that while Weber was going to decline in the final seasons of his contract, P.K. Subban would still be a very effective player. Many were concerned that Weber’s contract would become a huge liability for the Habs… at least, that’s what they said back then. The reality is that the pressure is NOT on the Canadiens, but rather on the Predators, who are the ones on the hook for the potential of a recapture penalty.

Shea Weber

The Cap Recapture Penalty (CRP) basically tracks the “cap benefit” introduced by a contract’s salary structure. Years where a player’s salary is above the AAV of his contract result in a positive cap benefit for the team. So basically, the Cap Benefit = Salary – Cap Hit for a given year and Net Cap Benefit is a running sum of the Cap Benefits through a given year. The Cap Benefit is what’s taken into consideration, with the number of years remaining on the said contract when the player decides to retire, to calculate the Recapture Penalty to given teams. It’s important to note that the Net Cap Benefit will go to $0 after the contract completes.

Back on June 26th, goaltender Roberto Luongo announced his retirement after 19 seasons in the NHL. Always entertaining, Luongo made the announcement on Twitter.

In Luongo’s case, he had signed a deal with the Vancouver Canucks but retired as a Florida Panthers so both teams are affected.

Roberto Luongo’s contract – Source: Capfriendly.com

The 2019-20 season is Luongo’s first year of retirement. So that’s where the calculation is based on. Here’s the net result of Recapture Penalty for both the Panthers and the Canucks:

SEASON
Recapture PenaltyRecapture Penalty
2019-20$1,094,128$3,033,206
2020-21$1,094,128$3,033,206
2021-22$1,094,128$3,033,206

Weber contract

Here are the details of the contract signed by Shea Weber with the Philadelphia Flyers, an offer-sheet that the Nashville Predators matched. A 14 year, $110 million contract which included $68 million in signing bonuses.

Shea Weber’s contract – Source: Capfriendly.com

Yes, if Weber plays through his entire contract, the Canadiens will be “stuck” with his $7.8 million cap hit all the way through. But if the captain decides to call it quit, it’s the Predators that will be sweating it out.

As you can see, the Preds risk having between 8 to 24 million in cap hit, depending when Weber retires. As mentioned above, Weber did NOT originally agree this contract with the Predators, but rather had signed an offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers. So if someone wants to bring up the “doing the right thing” or “owing the Preds“, it’s not the case… as it wasn’t for Roberto Luongo. Go Habs Go!