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Trotz: Radulov and Kostitsyn wouldn’t have played Game 2, might not play Game 4

May 2, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

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Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz met with the media following this morning’s skate and had some rather interesting things to say about the suspended duo of Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.

Here’s transcribed audio (from FSN Arizona’s Todd Walsh):

Reporter: “We’re all referring to this as a one-game benching for the two players, but you probably can’t predict how this is going to play out depending on tonight’s outcome — in terms of your lineup, right?

Trotz: “No, I really can’t. As I said, with our situation tonight, if [they] get it done I expect I’d probably go back with the same group — if they’re the group that gets it done.

“There’s a lot of speculation,  and I’ll throw this out because it’s been asked on a lot of shows — we did not know before Game 2 [that Radulov and Kostitsyn broke curfew], we found out after Game 2, and hell would’ve had to freeze over if they would’ve played in Game 2…if I knew before. Plain and simple.

“That’s how I am, that’s how the management team is and that’s how the Nashville Predators are run. There’s a lot of speculation we knew, and that’s a bunch of crap — we didn’t.”

That last bit is key, because it goes beyond Radulov and Kostitsyn hurting the on-ice product. When Trotz and the organization start getting called out, the conversation spills over to integrity and honesty and character, three things you never like to have questioned publicly.

All of this begs the question: Win or lose tonight, do the Preds put the pair back in the lineup for Game 4?

  1. kitshky - May 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I’ve been a little on the fence as to who I’d like to see win it all this year, but I’m leaning closer and closer towards the Preds the more I hear how they’re handling this.

    (cough*with the caveat being that I don’t want them to succeed so Weber doesnt get any crazy ideas about sticking around in Nashville and finds his way home to the Pacific Northwest*cough)

  2. govtminion - May 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    If I didn’t respect the hell out of Trotz already- and I do- I sure would now.

  3. hagigun - May 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Don’t draft foreign players…on your playoff fantasy hockey challenge!

    I should have known something like this could happen. Thanks Rads, you bum. I’ll take your 1 precious point for this series and see if the rest of my squad can pick up your slack. I really want the Preds to win, but I don’t want either of these 2 guys to play again.

    How stupid can you be?! There is plenty of time to party in the off-season, potentially with a big CUP! Just soiled their reputations for their careers.

    I feel the worst for Kostisyn’s brother. People will now for sure assume he did this when they hear that name for the rest of his life. “You ruined the families good name!”

  4. hines86for6 - May 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Trotz is like a civil war general.

    But even if we win tonight, you still play them in game 4.

    Unless of course their replacements absolutely go off.

  5. vshehane - May 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I really want to see Halichuck and Toots get in there. They have worked their butts off this year and deserve to be in there tonight.

  6. islandersfan - May 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Kostitsyn, probably not but maybe – depending on how the replacements play tonight. He’s been in the league and earned his place. Yes this was stupid but you give that some weight. (side note – if this was Sergei, I’d give more chance to come back because he would have earned his dues with the team, but Andrei was the one picked up from Montreal at the deadline so less likely)

    Radulov, Hell no. He is the poster boy for disruptive locker rooms, weber, trotz and co. went out on a limb for him to even bring him back now from the KHL and he repays them like this? If I am Trotz i simply tell him to go pack his bags and head home

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