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Suter on Radulov/Kostitsyn suspensions: “We’re in the playoffs, we don’t need distractions”

May 1, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

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Say this about the Nashville Predators: They know how to present a united front.

Shortly after GM David Poile announced forwards Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn would miss Game 3 of the Phoenix series for violating team rules — the pair were rumored to have broken curfew prior to Game 2 — Predators players and coaches vocally backed the decision.

The best example of that? Alternate captain Ryan Suter.

“It’s [Barry Trotz’s] decision, we’re going to stick behind him,” Suter told The Tennessean. “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.”

Captain Shea Weber didn’t speak as strongly, but conveyed a similar message.

“We’re going to move forward on this,” he said. “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.”

There’s a sense Weber’s running the emotional gamut right now. He’s the undisputed leader of the team and, as ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun points out, lobbied hard to get Radulov back in the mix. Considering he was already carrying the magnitude of an 0-2 series deficit, there’s even more weight on his shoulders now.

That said, Poile made it clear he ran this decision by Weber and Nashville’s other key figures. He also confirmed that everybody was on board.

“We talked to the leadership group in terms of their knowledge of it and what have you,’’ said Poile. “Everybody was very much aware of the situation.

“We had to do the right thing.’’

  1. noisetheorem - May 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Radulov is a douche. The only reason he came back is because he thought he might have a chance to get his name on the cup by piggybacking on the hard work of the rest of the team.

    As far as I am concerned, he can go back and suck it in the KHL next year.

  2. bloggersarenotjournalists - May 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    That’s why these guys have “C”‘s and “A”‘s on their chest and those suspended have never been considered to be given such thing.

    Say and believe in the right things

  3. broadstbully33 - May 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    dont pens worry weber and suter you will both be in philly next year and playing on the best team in the league. with one of you flyers instantly become the greatest with both a dynasty

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 1, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Sorry but until Philly gets it’s goaltending figured out (and they have what 8 more years with Bryzgalov?) they won’t come anywhere near a dynasty. Philly is the place goalies go to die…they haven’t had a really good one since Hextall in the late 80′s.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        Just took a look in 2012-13 the Flyers have 20 players under contract and just $3 million in projected cap space…keep dreaming dude!

        http://www.capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=24

      • biasedhomer - May 1, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Well, you also have to put in the 5M that Pronger makes, it will be added onto the LTIR (no way Pronger will come back next season, maybe towards the end, he has trouble with daily activities, hockey is the least of his concerns.)

        Thats about 8M in cap.

  4. bethgoesglobal - May 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Well the Preds know how to win without them- they have for nearly the entire season what with Andre coming in at the trade deadline.
    Radulov seems lazy. You need to push hard for 60mins to win a game, especially in the playoffs. Maybe someone needs to carry a cattle prod onto the ice :-)

  5. fruitsareedible - May 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    So they knew before Game 2 and let them play only to scratch them after they played like crap? Seems to me the message is “don’t suck” not “don’t violate team rules.”

  6. philly4lyfe - May 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Maybe they didn’t find out about it till after gm 2?

  7. thehighcountrybear - May 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Looks like it could be The Flyer’s year…it all seems to be falling into place. Predators on the other hand, are going to need Tootoo to light a fire under their somnolent butts if they expect to get by Coyotes.

    Regardless, Nashville lacks the cojones to man-up to either of St. Louis or LA.

    Even if Rangers find the scoring touch, they’ll be seriously pressed to out-gun the high-flying Flyers. No crystal ball needed to call a Philadelphia Los Angeles final that may well live with the ages as one of the greats!

    Speaking of crystal balls, anyone heard from Vancouver lately? Aaaah haha Hahahahahahahahahahahaha…

  8. xaf605 - May 1, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Vanwho?

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