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PHT Morning Skate: Where Weber talks about Preds’ struggles

Jan 31, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

As long as Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley continues to have seven healthy defensemen to work with, blueliners Chris Butler, TJ Brodie, and Derek Smith will be part of a rotation. (

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Shane O’Brien was a healthy scratch for the fifth time in six games on Wednesday. It’s quite a fall from grace for a 29-year-old who inked a three-year, $6 million contract over the summer. (Denver Post)

Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Wellwood knows he’s struggling and he didn’t help his confidence by coming up short on a golden opportunity against Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price on Tuesday. (Winnipeg Sun)

22-year-old forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault has been called up by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He’s been a point-per-game player in the minors this season and is looking to play in his first NHL game. (Sportsnet)

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber talks about what his team needs to do to break out of their early slump. (ESPN)

Former Tampa Bay Lightning GM and current Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster still bleeds “Tampa blue.” (Tampa Bay Times)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been much better with the man advantage overall, but they have struggled recently. Defenseman Kris Letang thinks that the Penguins need to simplify things. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have sent 22-year-old defenseman Jake Gardner to the minors after a very brief NHL stint. (CBC)

  1. irishphilly87 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I hope Nashville is the worst team in the league for the next 20 years. They should have let the Flyers get Weber instead they are paying all that money now and cant afford it. Nashville won’t even have a team in 2 or 3 years they’ll move to Seattle or something.

    • scionofflame - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      I’m sorry, Irishphilly? I believe we can afford him, as we’re currently paying for him. Matching an offer from the Flyers has nothing to do with performance on the ice…and Nashville will have a team for -several- years to come.

      Consistent playoff appearances (7 in the last 8 years), a solid enough roster, a devoted local fanbase and ownership group, and a new long-term Fox Sports television deal to make sure every Predators game is broadcast in the Predators market.

      Do your research before you bash a team.

  2. vshehane - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    hey, could you be a bigger dumba**?

    • lordfletcher - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      I know we have our moments but but Matt Dumba has nothing to do with this :)

      Yes, I know you weren’t talking about Dumba, you were calling him a dumba** and for good reasons. The Preds aren’t going anywhere and have a surprisingly SOLID fan base.

  3. broadstbully33 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Sorry bud but your thinking about Phoenix. Nashville has a solid fan base granted they are not on the level of Philly or NYR. If they let weber walk it would have been worse for the franchise. 90% of jersey sales there are weber ie fan favorite. That’s like saying Philly should just let Giroux walk for 4 first rounders. Philly fans would have managements asses on a platter

  4. cspuck7 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Man I seem to remember, back in April of last year when Nashville bounced Detroit from the playoffs, a lot of talk that the Red Wings are done and the Predators are the new NHL…(lots of crickets chirping)

    • scionofflame - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Red Wings certainly don’t seem to be doing so hot, but neither do the Predators. Every team hits a slump…just a matter of how long it lasts and the reasons behind it.

      The Preds have always been slow to take off and they very well might miss the playoffs in the shortened season. But I think they’ll find more success in the next full 82-game season.

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