Star defenseman signs huge offer sheet with Flyers


Star defenseman signs huge offer sheet with Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the decision says the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Nashville star defenseman Shea Weber to a 14-year offer sheet worth more than 100 million. The Sports Network in Canada first reported the offer. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the Flyers hadn't announced the offer. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed early Thursday that the Flyers did sign Weber to an offer sheet. He gave no further details. Predators part owner W. Brett Wilson posted on Twitter, "Am aware of Philly offer." Weber, 26, is the Predators' captain and played on a 7.5 million arbitrator's award last season. He had 19 goals and 49 points along the way. The team has seven days to match the offer. Nashville already lost free-agent defenseman Ryan Suter to Minnesota this summer, and losing Weber would be an unexpected blow to a defense-first team that had 104 points last season, took the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Weber would fill the void left by Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger's absence. Pronger -- a key cog in the Flyers' run to the 2010 Stanley Cup finals -- has been battling concussion problems and missed most of last season. He finished with one goal in 13 games as the Flyers bowed out in the second round to New Jersey after a promising, 103-point regular season. The Flyers were exposed on defense in a five-game, Round 2 loss to New Jersey, and since have lost defenseman Matt Carle, who snared a six-year, 33 million deal with Tampa Bay. Weber would fix a lot of those problems.

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John Wall flies through speedy recovery from knee surgeries

John Wall flies through speedy recovery from knee surgeries

ATLANTA -- The second John Wall touches the court tonight as the Wizards, he will have surpassed some expectations after he had surgeries to both knees May 5 following a miserable 41-41 season when he still managed to average 20 points and 10 assists. 

"I was listening to what the doctors were telling me throughout the whole process. They didn't know if I was going to be able to play either," said Wall, who had a minor procedure to clean out loose particles in his right knee and had bone spurs dealt with in his left knee, before tonight's regular-season opener vs. the Atlanta Hawks. "It's about dedication, a lot of hard work, rehabbing this summer and listening to my trainers."

Wall was hesitant about even being able to play in the preseason back in June, when he hosted a basketball camp in Fairfax, Va. He didn't want to go through the same experience he had in 2015-16 when there were doubts about his ability to suit up on some nights. He required hours of acupuncture, hot tubs, cold tubs and massages just to get ready on game days. By about the fourth game of that regular season, his ability to be effective on defense, where he'd been an All-NBA performer, was compromised.

"They didn't know. Five to six months. Maybe seven," Wall said about how long doctors told him it could take him to get back on the court after surgery. "You don't know how it's going to react after a surgery or how my body would react to it."

Wall's left knee sported a noticeable scar and he wasn't able to walk properly as he even headed into July. But he was focused during rehabilitation and didn't let up.

"I was able to do anything I wanted off the right (knee) away. It was my left leg where I coldn't do (anything)," he said. "Couldn't run. Couldn't play basketball. Couldn't do the little things and that was the most furstating part about it all."

By the time training camp opened Sept. 27, the outlook was promising. Wall never scrimmaged 5 on 5, but he was going 3 on 3. The speed was there and it was a matter of time for him to play and that came by the third preseason game. He made five appearances to get ready for tonight's game (CSN, 6:30 p.m. ET). 

Coach Scott Brooks has projected that he'll play his point guard 30-32 minutes which is just short of the 34-35 minute that's ideal for an 82-game season.

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CSN reporters make predictions for Wizards, 2016-17 NBA season

CSN reporters make predictions for Wizards, 2016-17 NBA season

Here are some predictions for the Washington Wizards and the 2016-17 NBA season as a whole from CSN reporters...

J. Michael, CSN Wizards Insider

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 44-38

How will their season end? 1st round playoff loss

Biggest key for Wizards: Wall and Beal play like All-Stars.

NBA Finals prediction: Warriors over Cavaliers in 6

NBA MVP: Kawhi Leonard, Spurs

Chris Miller, CSN Wizards reporter

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 42-40

How will their season end? 7th seed, 1st round playoff loss

Biggest key for Wizards: The key for them is obviously Wall and Beal playing at an All-Star level. Then, staying healthy as possible and defending the rim.

NBA Finals prediction: Cavaliers over Spurs in 6

NBA MVP: Kyrie Irving, Cavs

Steve Buckhantz, CSN Wizards play-by-play announcer

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 45-37

How will their season end? Wiz will lose in 7 games in second round to Boston

Biggest key for Wizards: Key is the health of Bradley Beal and John Wall, and the continued improvement of Kelly Oubre, Jr.

NBA Finals prediction: Warriors over Cavs in 6

NBA MVP: LeBron James, Cavs

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Tony Massenburg, CSN Wizards studio analyst

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 40-42

Biggest key for Wizards: Wizards will have to play great team basketball this year that involves everyone not just John and Brad.

NBA Finals prediction: Cavaliers over Warriors in 7

Chase Hughes,

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 45-37

How will their season end? Lose in second round of playoffs to Celtics.

Biggest key for Wizards: Defense. They need to get back to what made them a playoff team. Mahinmi should help when healthy.

NBA Finals prediction: Warriors over Cavaliers in 6

NBA MVP: Kawhi Leonard, Spurs

Keely Diven,

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 41-41

How will their season end? Squeeze into playoffs, lose in the first round

Biggest key for Wizards: Bradley Beal has to stay healthy, especially avoiding the stress reaction that has plagued him all four years of his NBA career. His per game numbers haven’t seen the kind of upward trajectory year over year that you’d expect of a player as young and talented as Beal, I suspect because he’s missed large portions of every season injured. If he can stay healthy, and establish an offensive rhythm, he has a good chance to make the big leap that has been anticipated the past two seasons and earn that contract. Honorable mention: Scoring off the bench!

NBA Finals prediction: Warriors beat Cavaliers in 7 (boring, I know)

NBA MVP: Russell Westbrook, Thunder

Sebastian Salazar, CSN studio host

Wizards' 2016-17 record: 43-39

How will their season end? 2nd round defeat (CLE)

Biggest key for Wizards: 3 point shooting. A lot of guys on roster have shown potential as three-point shooters, but need to bring their percentages up. If that happens, defensive improvements should be enough to make them very competitive in wide open SE Division.

NBA Finals prediction: Warriors over Cavs in 7

NBA MVP: Russell Westbrook, Thunder

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