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... you do have to wonder if (Shea) Weber, a restricted free agent who went through arbitration with Nashville last summer, looks at the (Norris Trophy) award and wonders if this is a market where he can, at least be engraved, as the best defenseman in the NHL.

-Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, where you can read more plus additional Nashville notes.

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Didn’t the Norris just get awarded to a dude playing in Ottawa?

In other words: shut up.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/24/12 at 10:44 PM ET

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There is way more hockey coverage in Ottawa than in Nashville (and in the East in general).

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/24/12 at 10:53 PM ET

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MacInnis and Pronger won it in St. Louis which isn’t really a hockey hotbed.

Posted by Crow on 06/24/12 at 11:22 PM ET

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Anything Cooper says can be completely disregarded.  At best his writing are utter fantasy, and at worst he’s nothing more than a PR mouthpiece for Poile.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/24/12 at 11:35 PM ET

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There is way more hockey coverage in Ottawa than in Nashville (and in the East in general).

In Ottawa, sure… and as soon as the people who select for the Norris all end up living in Ottawa that will matter.  As things stand now though, not so much.

Playing in Nashville is no hindrance towards receiving consideration for the Norris, for the following reasons:

1) Weber plays in two massive domestic US hockey markets in division, so he gets tons of exposure there.

2) Those teams (Detroit and Chicago) are presently considered elite franchises so playing (and succeeding) against them carries a bunch of cache.

3) Since he plays in the West he also gets the ‘advantage’ (in this specific instance) of playing a solid chunk of his games in all US time zones, where East teams tend to play the majority of their games in other East time zones and end up not being seen all that often by 8-12 teams.  Nashville gets 20 road games against the Northwest and Pacific teams combined, every year.

4) And in addition to playing West teams in ESTs, they play another 18 games a year against the East as well.

Yeah, it’s going to be hard to see a load of Nashville locally due to their penchant for not selling out games until the pressure is on to me revenue sharing numbers… but it doesn’t matter here for the same reason increased coverage in Ottawa doesn’t matter there.  We’re talking about league-wide visibility, not how many beat writers the local media has assigned to the club.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/25/12 at 12:04 AM ET

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I don’t know whether or not playing in Nashville is any kind of hindrance towards winning a Norris trophy, but it sure in the hell is to winning a Stanley Cup. Maybe the former is of more significance to Cooper.

Posted by godblender on 06/25/12 at 04:01 AM ET

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Unrestricted free agent status comes once in a player’s career and rarely at the height of his powers.

Umm… sure.

Okay I get what he’s trying to say about the first time a young player in his prime hits free agency, but it reads like such a stupid mistake in the article, that it keeps me from putting a lot of trust in the rest of what he has to say.

Posted by HitokiriEric from Ann Arbor, MI on 06/25/12 at 04:09 AM ET

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Josh Cooper as Hootinani posted; is to be taken as seriously as Eklund, and the crying he does in this article is typical of the fans and franchise….Mouthpiece of Poile….

Posted by @TheJimPl9 from Nashville on 06/25/12 at 10:32 AM ET

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