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Weber felt “betrayed” by Radulov: “I was one of the guys that stood up for him and wanted him back”

May 18, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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Making some of his most pointed comments to date, Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber appeared on a Vancouver radio station Thursday and expressed disappointment with teammate Alex Radulov.

Radulov, along with Andrei Kostitsyn, was suspended for Game 3 of the Phoenix series for violating curfew. Radulov and Kostitsyn were also held out of Game 4 (called a “hockey decision” by head coach Barry Trotz) and the Preds wound up losing the series in five.

Weber called the incident a “distraction” and “unfortunate.” When asked by host Bob Marjanovich about being part of the Nashville leadership group that asked GM David Poile to bring Radulov back from the KHL, Weber replied:

“I don’t really know what to say about it because I was one of the guys that stood up for him and wanted him back. There were a bunch of us that played with him that felt the same way.

“You feel a little bit betrayed, but I am sure he feels bad about it now and he looks back on it and wishes it didn’t happen. Those are the things you can’t take back and we’ve got to move forward.”

You can listen to the full interview here. Weber also discusses teammate and impending UFA Ryan Suter (they haven’t spoken since season’s end, but Weber plans to speak with him soon), his current RFA status and the notion he’d like to play in Vancouver — something the Norris-nominated defenseman quickly shot down.

“That’s not something that I think about,” Weber said. “I think about playing for the Nashville Predators right now and winning a Stanley Cup.”

  1. elvispocomo - May 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    C’mon Weber, you know you want to come back to BC!

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Annnnnnd Radulov’s chances of not being dealt in the offseason just went to 0

  3. biasedhomer - May 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Haven’t we all felt like this. Urged others to give someone a chance, only to let that person disappoint you.

  4. paperkid96 - May 18, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    To be clear, Radulov does not feel bad about anything. He doesn’t care about the Preds. He came back to clear up his entry level obligation. He’ll either head back to the KHL or sign with someone who makes and offer. I doubt Nashville will match and they will take the compensation to be done with him.

    • taytay099 - May 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      It’s a shame Radulov will be so well paid next season wherever he goes. He’s such a selfish, undeserving guy.

  5. sabatimus - May 19, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I really think the suspension should’ve been for one game and not two. That said, Radulov is a liability.

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