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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.”

-Ryan Suter

“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.”

-Shea Weber

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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Primis's avatar

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.

Nobody feels sorry for him.  If he was truly that dumb to think Radulov would be an awesome add, then he was a dumb as he looked when he slammed Zetterberg’s head into the glass.

Posted by Primis on 05/01/12 at 04:00 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

So according to various Twitter feeds(disclaimers about accuracy of reporting apply) if this happened on Saturday night then why did they play in game 2?  If its a violation of team rules now, then why not before?  Or would they have been suspended at all had the Preds won?

Posted by SolidTG7 on 05/01/12 at 04:17 PM ET

YzermanZetterberg's avatar

Maybe they were seen Saturday night/Sunday morning but the team didn’t find out until after the game.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 05/01/12 at 04:25 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Supposedly they missed curfew Saturday night, one day before game 2 which they lost.

Now they will miss game 3, but why didn’t they miss game 2?  And if they had won, would the 2 be missing game 3?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/01/12 at 05:46 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Now they will miss game 3, but why didn’t they miss game 2?  And if they had won, would the 2 be missing game 3?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/01/12 at 04:46 PM ET

That’s exactly what I was thinking, Paul. Sorry, but this just reeks of opportunism for Nashville to try and salvage the season next game, and has little to do with breaking team rules.

I’m not sure why Trotz and / or Preds management is getting kudos for this, like it’s some kind of brave move.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/01/12 at 05:53 PM ET

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So, not to beat a dead horse, but missing bedtime (if it turns out that’s what the infraction was) equals one game suspension. Bashing someone’s head into the glass targeting the head with the full intent to injure equals wrist slap.

Altho, one wonders if it had been Weber who had missed his bedtime, if it would have resulted in any sort of disciplinary action at all.

(and yes, I know one was team and the other was the league handing out the discipline)

Posted by Steve in San Francisco from San Francisco on 05/01/12 at 06:52 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

So… which one between Suter and Weber is the team captain again?

Because “we stick with our coach no matter what” sounds a lot more like leadership than “not sure why they asked us, it’s their problem.”

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/01/12 at 07:38 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

A good decision by Trotz and Poile.
Well done.

Posted by w2j2 on 05/01/12 at 09:24 PM ET

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I like the move, both from an accountability perspective and from a strategic manipulation to motivate the team. Either way it works.

Posted by timbits on 05/01/12 at 11:48 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

J.J. depending on your perspective.. Weber kind of looks like the “real” man of saying.. “I don’t know why they’re trying to suspend them 1 game, a full game AFTER the infraction.. Why does it look like they’re trying to hide the fact it’s because of their play? I can’t answer that, it’s their problem”

Sounds like Weber is trying to figure out why the coach and management are asking the approval of the captains to bench somebody.. and for reasons it appears are not the real reasons. 

Suter chose a more diplomatic route and is still right.  Always back your coach.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/02/12 at 12:07 AM ET

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