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from Adam Vingam of The Tennessean,

T: Will there be an effort to reduce Shea Weber's minutes?

L: "Certainly, ideally you'd like to bring those minutes down a little bit if you could. Sometimes in the course of the game, it becomes a little bit challenging. I do think that we have the support and the depth to try to accomplish that this year, to see if we can't bring it down a little bit. One of the strengths on our team is defense, the depth of our defense. There's guys that still probably don't get the minutes or the situational play that they should, and that's got to be the challenge of the coaching staff, to make sure that these guys are getting the minutes, that they do get distributed a little bit more, that (Mattias) Ekholm's getting a little bit more and (Ryan) Ellis is getting a little bit more and Seth Jones is getting a little bit more and maybe Shea and Roman (Josi) come down a little bit. When you get into the game and the situational play, I think (assistant coach) Phil (Housley) does a pretty good job of putting players on the ice that give us a chance to be successful. ... I think Phil did a good job, but I think if we can try and watch that probably a little bit, we will."

T: Even after missing three weeks because of a knee injury, Pekka Rinne started 64 games last season. Preferably, how many games would you like him to start?

L: "I think a lot of it goes to the scheduling and where we're at, how Pekka's feeling, how the team's playing. There's a lot that factors into it. I don't think we're going to go into it and say we want Pekka to play 62 games this year. He'll probably be in that ballpark....

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