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Revisiting Shea Weber

Nashville has their supposed next Shea Weber in Seth Jones. There was always speculation the contract couldn't be paid by Nashville and that is why it was set up the way it was. Capgeek has a really interesting cap recapture calculator I found on their site. Maybe this isn't news to anyone but here it is.

http://www.capgeek.com/recapture-calculator/

If Weber is traded this season there is still significant long term risk for the team he is traded to for having to absorb the hit if he retired early. However, after this season almost all of the risk will be on Nashville. In the scenario I put into the calculator I had Weber retire when his actual salary turns to 1 million leaving the 3 million season the last one that he plays. The 700k penalty for 2 years a decade from now isn't worth fretting over.

The question would then become can you pay the price of acquisition and are you willing to pay 7.8/year for Weber or was Suter really the heavy lifter of that tandem?

I don't have the schooling for making that call, but below are the results of Weber retiring a 38 after being acquired in an off season trade this year.

RECAPTURE CALCULATOR RESULTS

If Shea Weber retires or defects in the 2024 off-season (age 38 as of July 1 that year), and was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2014 off-season, following is an estimated breakdown of the recapture penalties for the involved teams.

Team Benefit Penalty
Nashville Predators (2024-25 through 2025-26) $12,285,714 $6,142,857
Philadelphia Flyers (2024-25 through 2025-26) $1,428,571 $714,286


IMPORTANT NOTES [ Edited June 2, 2013 ]: Teams do not receive a credit for net negative cap benefit (where cap hit exceeds salary over the course of the contract prior to retirement). However, in calculating net "cap advantage," teams do receive a credit for seasons in which cap hit exceeds salary ... Calculations for players who have been traded during the season are rough estimates based on best information available and may differ from actual league numbers.

This item was written by a member of this community and is not necessarily endorsed by <em>Broad Street Hockey</em>.

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