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“I don’t want to mislead you. Ryan Suter is a great hockey player. We wanted him on our team, and we’re disappointed he chose to go in a different direction. “It’s not the death knell to the Nashville Predators. It challenges us.”

“I’ve seen ‘spending and acquiring’ win. I’ve seen ‘spending and acquiring’ not win. I’ve seen ‘shed — low payroll’ and pretty good success. The conclusion there is there’s no magic formula, and it has been proven time and time again. It’s not what you spend, it’s how you spend.”

Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen.  More from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean.

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Please allow me to translate Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen comments:

Shea Weber is now on the trade block. We want a deal done before 2012 season begins.
No way I, Jeff Cogen, give Weber anywhere near a 100MM contract.

If Weber gets moved out of Nashville for any reason the fans will demand blood. Cogen will then fire Trotz and Poile-insinuating David and Barry didn’t do enough to keep Suter and Weber.  Got to have a scapegoat or watch those suites go empty, not to mention the non-renewal season ticket holders.

Hello, Shea. Come on over to Hockeytown. You’ll turn Detroit into .contender status. Plus, bonus here-you’ll get to beat on your former, slithering linemate whom betrayed you

Shea everytime you think about staying loyal to the Preds. remember that insulting contract offer last year.

Posted by beelza on 07/08/12 at 06:43 AM ET

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Full-on damage control mode, but well-stated by a team CEO who is trying to help calm the fanbase down and is dealing with a GM who is doing a pretty terrible job of doing it.

It’s good to hear something out of the Predators organization that doesn’t sound like bitter whining for the first time in a week.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/08/12 at 11:26 AM ET

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I think they should trade Weber while they can get some good return. Nashville has proven they can rebuild from within. Poile and Trotz are the best in the business at making something out of nothing.

Posted by timbits on 07/08/12 at 02:03 PM ET

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