The deadline faced by the Nashville Predators in making their Shea Weber offer sheet decision has been reported by multiple outlets as 11:30 p.m. ET on Wed., July 25. That's tomorrow night at 11:30 local, 10:30 Nashville time.
But according to Paul Cook, an assistant in the hockey operations department in Nashville, that number isn't exactly correct. The true deadline is 11:36 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, exactly seven days from the minute the NHL's Central Registry received the signed offer sheet from Weber, Paul Holmgren and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Why's that minor discrepancy important? If we come down to the wire on this Wednesday night and we haven't heard a peep from the Predators by 11:29 p.m., we're going to be in party mode. But the truth is that we'll have several more minutes before the Flyers would officially own Weber's services.
Also, it's worth noting that we may have to wait beyond the deadline on Wednesday night, should it come to that. Think of how all of this works: Central Registry got word of the signed offer at 11:36 p.m, but when did the news actually break? 12:49 a.m., courtesy of TSN's Darren Dreger. Every trade deadline day, word of completed deals trickles in beyond 3 p.m. ET, the actual hard deadline. It may not work that way here -- not like we have a ton of precedent to look back on or anything -- but it won't necessarily be celebration time if we haven't heard from the Preds come 11:36 p.m. tomorrow.
Let's hope this just gets settled and announced within the next hour so we can call it a day and have a nice fancy Shea Weber press conference and everything.