Star defenseman signs huge offer sheet with Flyers

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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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Caps auctioning off opportunity to name starting lineup for preseason game

Caps auctioning off opportunity to name starting lineup for preseason game

Think you could put together a better starting lineup than the coaches? Well, one lucky fan will get that chance. The Washington Capitals are auctioning off the opportunity to name the starting lineup for the team’s final preseason game on Oct. 9 against the New York Islanders.

According to the description, “Winner will meet Barry Trotz before the game to discuss what players are available to play in that night's game. Winner will determine starting lineup and will announce the starters to the team in the locker room prior to the game. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience as no one other than Barry Trotz gets to announce the starting lineup to the team, and no one is allowed in the locker room before the game other than the players and coaches.”

Notice that it specifies that Trotz will “discuss what players are available” so you won’t be able to declare Evgeny Kuznetsov as the starting goalie. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to try.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit Martha’s Table’s Joyful Food Markets through So Kids Can and the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The auction closes at 3 p.m. on Oct. 6.

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Redskins Hopkins named NFC special teams player of the week

Redskins Hopkins named NFC special teams player of the week

On Sunday Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins booted five field goals against the Giants, including the game winner with 1:51 left to play. Today he received reccognition for his day. 

Hopkins was named NFC special teams player of the week, the first member of the Redskins to get the honor since Kai Forbath got in Week 8 in 2014. 

Hopkins has not missed a field goal all year, hitting 11 of 11. His 5 for 5 performance on Sunday tied the team record for field goals in a game without a miss, somthing that has been accomplished only five times. 

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