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by Paul on 05/01/12 at 04:40 PM ET
Two key players on the Predators talk (via Josh Cooper of the Tennessean) about the suspension to Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.
“It’s (Coach Barry Trotz’s) decision, we’re going to stick behind him. We’ve won all year with everyone and it’s going to take everyone to continue to win. We talked. As a leadership group we talked to Trotzy and said whatever you decide we’ll stand by you. We’re in the playoffs, we don’t need distractions.”
“It is what it is and we’re going to move forward on this. It’s management’s decision. They asked what we thought and we’re not in any position to choose. It’s up to them, and we’re just here to play and play a lot better than we have.”
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the suspensions…
Here’s what I think might happen Wednesday night with Nashville’s season essentially on the line. I believe the Predators rediscover their true identity. Before they added the likes of Radulov and Kostitsyn, they were the blue-collar Preds. They understood how they won games in this league, with a grind-it-out, defense-first style. My guess is they go back to that Wednesday.
The guy I feel bad for right now, though, is Predators captain Shea Weber. Behind the scenes over the last few years, he contributed to trying to convince Radulov to come back to the Predators. He certainly didn’t have this in mind when doing so.
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