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Nashville GM Poile on slumping Weber: ‘He’s going to produce’

Feb 7, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

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Shea Weber is pointless through nine games this season, a troubling start for a guy that’s scored at least 16 goals and 43 points in four straight seasons.

One person not troubled by the start, though, is Weber’s general manager — David Poile.

“He’s going to produce,” Poile told Fox Sports Tennessee. “Iknow that’s going to happen. Again, the way he bombs the puck — he missed the net a few times — being a little bit more accurate, he can beat goaltenders.

“They can’t contain the shot. There’s a rebound. It’s going to be there.”

Poile’s rationale for this soon-to-happen turnaround?

Weber’s getting closer to finding his comfort level.

This season marked a big change for the 27-year-old rearguard — for the first time in seven seasons, he was without his trusty, reliable defense partner, Ryan Suter.

Preds head coach Barry Trotz tried to replace Suter with Roman Josi, but the inexperience (and offensive-minded) Swiss defenseman wasn’t an ideal fit for Weber, who was Nashville’s third-leading goalscorer (19) last season.

Now, Weber’s paired with stay-at-home defenseman Scott Hannan.

There’s also the issue of the power play, where Suter used to play setup man to Weber’s bombs-away style.

Nashville has plugged another playmaking type, Ryan Ellis, into Suter’s spot, but it’s clear he’ll need more than nine games to try and replicate the chemistry Suter and Weber developed over seven years.

Poile says all of this has likely played a role in Weber’s decreased production.

“It has to certainly be part of it,” he explained. “Now [Weber's] played with a couple of different guys with his partners and on the power play. I’m sure there’s some adjustment to that, yes.”

  1. tbbolts91 - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    well this is a little embarrassing

  2. jaredphi - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Should’ve been a Flyer!

    I still question how a perennially bankrupt team can be allowed to stuff itself further into red ink by matching an offer sheet they simply cannot afford.

    • chuchie414 - Feb 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Typical Philly. You guys say that about every UFA, RFA or trade rumor related player out there. get over yourselves.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Feb 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        And all the Philly haters say the same exact thing every time also “typical philly”, so before you start saying we are all the same, check the mirror

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Well it’s atleast logical in this situation because he signed an offer sheet with the Flyers. Idk where you were but he was very close to coming to Philadelphia. It’s not like its a page on Chara and Flyers fans are saying he should’ve been a Flyer. As for Weber’s play, he’ll get it together. He’s a beast on the point.

    • joe4tn - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Typical Philly replies… Your teams will never have sustained winning programs because you try to by championships. The none of your sports have a farm system worth a crap. The Braves have baptized you for a centuries, your hockey team raped the Preds for timonen, hartnell, and parent and still cant win, and your football team picked up VY after the titans got rid of him. Preds have made the playoffs 8 out of the last 9 years and contrary to Philly belief are financially stable. 17 straight sellouts and counting in a football dominated market. Stick with Pats, Gino’s, the liberty bell, and Rocky. And for you ignorant jack legs that have never left the state of PA please stay away from Nashville, there’s enough transplants here that have traded there wings and flyers sweaters in for the gold and blue of the Preds.

  3. jimw81 - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    somebody misses the orange and black!

  4. bruinpred - Feb 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    “Perennially” bankrupt?

  5. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Flyers fan crack me up, they are still living in the glory days of the 70′s, leisure suits disco balls and an over rated Bernie Parent .

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      You are an absolute idiot if you think Bernie Parent is overrated. He only won two cups. Two Vezina’s and two Conn Smythe awards (both back to back in the cup years). Is in the Hall of Fame. And was #63 on the Hockey News top 100 players in NHL HISTORY. Only the lord saves more than Bernie Parent. Just an asinine comment.

    • jimw81 - Feb 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      wow, well educated hockey fan

  6. andyp03 - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    the only person that mentioned the glory days of the Flyers in the 70s was you dude

  7. mclovinhockey - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Wow a pens fan calling Bernie Parent over rated…. A guy whose career was cut short due to injury and is still one of the top 5 goalies ever in the history of the sport… It’s embarrassing to see how little you know jack. It’s fans like you who make it easy for Philly fans to prove superiority. Why don’t you go make sure your team doesn’t go bankrupt again rather than talking trash on someone who has more talent in one sperm than you have in your entire body

    • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      I’m not a Pens fan . I was off base calling Bernie over rated , I take that comment back I was wrong.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        Maybe you should go back to watching secret agent TV shows. Hockey is not your bag baby.

      • mclovinhockey - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        hey broad street, I watched 24 as well, good show : )

        sorry jack, thought you were a pens fan, no biggie, but yeah Bernie is a great player and I have respect for you for saying you were off base. It takes more to admit when being wrong then to stick to your word : )

    • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Kinda of like how Winning Stanley Cups and having solid Goaltending isnt your team’s bagbay either huh beatdown boy

    • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Kinda of like how Winning Stanley Cups and having solid Goaltending isnt your team’s bagboy either huh beatdown boy

  8. mclovinhockey - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Yes Nashville matching the offer is pretty much a nail in the coffin of their franchise, the year after next look for weber to be offered up like Nash.

  9. broadstbully33 - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be moved this July when his 1 year is over. Too bad it won’t be Philly although he is one of the few players I would part with couturier for

    • joe4tn - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      Really??!! The Preds pay 30mm to him this year, why would they trade him after the largest part of his salary Is paid? Our owners are building a franchise, not a one hit wonder.

  10. jimw81 - Feb 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    weber wanted to be a flyer. predators won’t trade him to Detroit. he’s performing badly because he playing with a team that doesn’t fit his style. look at the flyers defenseman group . coburn, grossman,schenn have in common? they play a physical style in defensive end. predators dont play a physical style defense plus flyers forwards are 3x more physical than preds even without hartnell and simmonds out of the lineup in offensive zone. weber just doesnt fit preds style and polie knows it.

  11. mclovinhockey - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    @broadstreet, he only get 1 mill in salary next year, year after he will be moved

    • vshehane - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      You really need to get a clue before you shoot off that big mouth.

      • mclovinhockey - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        I have a clue… this year his salary is like 30 million, next year its 1, then 30 million then 1 again then it starts to even out. I know what I am talking about, this is just a fact in his salary.

  12. scionofflame - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Weber isn’t scoring points because he’s not pulling the trigger on shots as quickly as he used to. He’s being more careful and selecting his shooting lanes. Pretty sure he wouldn’t have signed an offer sheet if he wasn’t fine with being a Predator..and there’s not a chance we let him go.

    Also, he scored his first point tonight. Shut up.

    • scionofflame - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      And Flyers fans? You’re not special. You want everyone who might even be traded on the ghost of a rumor. We need Weber, and we’re sure as hell going to pay for him.

      Relax. Your team will be fine, even if the big, mean Predators won’t give you a defenseman because you throw money at him.

      Biggest reason the Preds have lost players in the past? Because we used to have some idiot (A certain Minnesota owner) running the show and bargain basementing our team to sell it. Cut a lot of solid players that we could have kept.

  13. jaredphi - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    ROFLAO! @ joe4TN

    Yes, I’ve been out of the state of PA before.

    I actually live in Delaware, was born in New York and I’ve been to Germany, Holland, Canada, Austria, Mexico, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and many other places….in addition to 36 of the U.S. states.

    You don’t have to worry as I would NEVER go to Nashville willingly. Country music and cowboy hats aren’t my thing! I’m sure my far-left politics wouldn’t be received very positively there either.

    And I couldn’t care less about American football, the NFL or your record in that sport whether professionally or at the collegiate level. I find the sport absolutely boring beyond belief. Only the NBA and NASCAR are more yawn-worthy among sports to me.

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