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Trotz snaps at reporter over Weber, later apologizes

Feb 8, 2013, 1:24 AM EDT

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The Nashville Predators had a great game on Thursday. Pekka Rinne earned a 32-save shutout to lead them to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Predators defenseman Shea Weber also got his first point of the season in the process, but when a reporter started to talk about that to Predators coach Barry Trotz, he took it the wrong way. After weeks of talks about Weber’s struggles, Trotz seems used to defending the 27-year-old captain.

“I haven’t been concerned at all,” Trotz said, according to examiner.com. “You can stop right there. You can stop right there.

“You are saying he is not playing well. I am telling you, he is playing Norris Trophy. He is playing Norris Trophy caliber. I don’t care if he gets any points. You do obviously. I don’t.

“Shea cares about winning and we have been winning and that’s the most important thing. He plays every night against the top guys in the league. He (didn’t) score a goal last year in the first ten games and he ended up with 19 or 18 last year.

“I am not worried about him. That’s the end of the subject. He is a top defenseman.

“There wouldn’t be another defenseman I would trade him for. I don’t give a crap if he gets a point and he doesn’t either. We just worry about winning and that’s what we are doing. That’s the end I am going to talk about that.”

Through the PR staff, Trotz later apologized, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

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