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Predators’ Weber ‘can’t babysit every guy’

Apr 13, 2013, 12:53 AM EDT

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Five straight losses have basically washed away any chance the Nashville Predators had of making the playoffs.

The latest setback was a 5-2 defeat on home ice at the hands of the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

The issue of whether people were quitting was brought up post-game with Predators defenseman and captain Shea Weber, as per Josh Cooper of The Tennessean.

“It better not be,” Weber told The Tennessean.

“Everyone has got to take care of themselves, I can’t go around and babysit every guy. It’s a personal thing, and like I said, the other game, you have to look yourself in the mirror and say you’re playing your hardest  and you’re giving everything you can to help the team win.”

The Predators have just six games remaining in the season and are currently 13th in the Western Conference and seven points out of a playoff spot.

  1. canucks30 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    If Weber had just demanded a 1 year extension last Summer, he would have been the most highly sought after free agent in NHL history.

    Alas, he is stuck in Nashville for perpetuity getting paid a handsome sum of money to do so.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Part of the Predators’ identity issues can be seen in the accompanying graphic…at home, there appear to be more Red Wing jerseys in the crowd than are Predators jerseys.

    Still, I can think of worse places to be other than Nashville…

    like being rain, fog, snow or ice-bound in another lingering winter north of well, anywhere north of Tennessee:

    Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows.

    Why he left his home in the South to roam ‘round the Pole, God only knows.

    He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;

    Though he’d often say in his homely way that “he’d sooner live in hell.”

    Me too…

    • canucks30 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:12 AM

  3. scionofflame - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Well, since I know Bear is a troll I’ll just point out the 29 game sellout streak the Predators had going (broken only recently), and the amount of Preds gold in the stands night in and night out. Trust me, we support our team.

    As for Weber…he’s frustrated. Of course he is. This is the worst finish the Preds have had in a while and it mostly hangs on the fact that out entire first two lines are out with injury. We didn’t play as well as we could to start the season, guys got hurt, and we’re dropping in the standings. Guys on the team are losing a little motivation (as you do when your playoff hopes are crushed).

    Weber’s trying to drive the team to do better, and good for him. At this point most Preds fans are content to wait out the end of the season, see how far we drop and look to the draft and offseason to make some team changes. We’re all excited for Filip Forsberg, and I have the feeling Nashville will be just fine come next season.

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      true.i recall the series with the Canucks and whenever the Nux are in town the arena is sold out and crowd into the game.I’m glad Nashville has shown it is a hockey city in the up swing.the country stations I’ve listened to mention the preds on the radio, so you know people have taken to the team. I’d love to visit and see a game there.

  4. vshehane - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    once again bear exhibits his lack of familiarity with anything to do with the Predators. He has obviously never been to a Preds game and is hanging on to something he heard 6 or 7 years ago.

  5. titansbro - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I’m from there & live in Boston now & I have really taken to hockey since I got here. I love that my southern city has supported this team & I feel they will continue to do so. They have a pretty good coach & GM, not to mention a guy like Weber. They just need some offense.

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