Philadelphia's always been known for its small-town charm, hasn't it? I mean, when the stereotypes are trotted out, that's what gets mentioned first nearly every time. OK maybe not. But apparently being smaller-town than New York helped Philly attract an elite defenseman who'd also been courted by the Rangers.
Katie Strang of ESPN New York reports that Shea Weber was interested in the Rangers and visited New York, but signed an offer sheet with Philadelphia, which his agent called a better fit for him.
"(Weber) is a small-town guy and (New York) is a huge city," Bousquet said. "With New York, it was nothing personal. He thought everything, from the ownership to the hockey operations to the coaching, was unbelievable. (Philadelphia) just seemed to be a better fit at this time in his career."
I'd like to imagine Weber's driver took him through Times Square thinking he was one of the people who feels it's NOT a Dantean ring of Hell, and while sitting in traffic as people took pictures of advertising or a man in bikini briefs playing a guitar, he said, "Can you please just get us out of here??"
It is not stated whether the Rangers also worked to hammer out an offer sheet, but considering how far this had gotten, with visits included and numerous teams in on possible trades as described by Darren Dreger, Flyers fans have to appreciate the bold move Paul Holmgren made to ensure Weber would be either a Flyer or a Predator next season.
If Nashville does not match the Flyers' offer sheet, Rangers fans should really enjoy seeing Weber dress in the O&B for the next decade or so.
Strang indicates that Weber made a similar visit to Philly, which the sides managed to keep quiet, and I guess we were somehow on our best behavior. Did Ed Snider organize all the townsfolk like Chevy Chase in Funny Farm and I missed it? In any case, nice job, everyone.
Also, Weber musn't read Gawker.
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