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Refusing to give substantive answers to even basic questions isn’t the sign of a strong leader. It’s what a petulant child would do. It’s what a man who thinks he’s above his current situation would do. And at least a few people in Nashville would say that it’s also what an overpaid defenseman who doesn’t belong in his position does. If you’re not going to lead the team to wins, you could at least lead them to looking like they have some sort of grace in defeat. But that’s obviously too much to ask from Nashville’s Captain Vapid. (PHOTO: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
Bobby Butler is due to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2013 NHL season. If you didn’t already know that, you might have been able to guess from the urgency in his game lately. He has four points in his last four games, making him one of the fringe players who’s been most impressive during what is functioning as an early training camp for the Nashville Predators. (PHOTO: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)
At 6’5”, Paul Gaustad is the only Nashville Predators forward taller than 6’2”. Take Taylor Beck and David Legwand away, and Gaustad’s the only one taller than 6’1”. The team lacks size and management needs to address that over the off-season. (PHOTO: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Obviously, Shea Weber can’t stop saying the word “obviously.” If he could he obviously would. Obviously, obviously, obviously obviously obviously. (PHOTO: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports…obviously)
Hollywood film producer Horace T. Proskind tells us that the new outdoor NHL games the league has proposed for 2014 are “modern corporate novelty at its finest.” He also has some suggestions to improve these Winter-Classic-like games to make them more exciting - and more profitable. (PHOTO: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
From overworking Pekka Rinne to a lack of practice to small injuries knocking players out of the lineup due to a compressed schedule, the lack of rest this season has done a number on the Nashville Predators. (PHOTO: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)
The Nashville Predators have already called up four players from Milwaukee under emergency conditions since the beginning of April. Today they made it five, recalling Mattias Ekholm from the Admirals. His first stint with the team ended after just two games, but he’s had full seasons in the Elitserien and AHL since then. We’re looking forward to seeing him on the ice at Bridgestone.
It’s Monday morning, which means it’s time for another installment of SHEA: The Secret Life of Shea Weber by Bob Sham. With Jared Boll no longer a threat thanks to some timely work by Nashville’s finest, Shea is left trying to figure out the mystery of who knocked him out back in Strip Two - and his biggest fan tries to squeeze in a little more time with the Preds captain.
Filip Forsberg’s debut with the Nashville Predators was as good as anyone had a right to hope for, with two shots on goal in 18:37 of ice time. Sure, it would have been more storybook if he’d scored a goal, but he’s in it for the long haul. It’s good to see him play an NHL game on next to no rest after traveling halfway around the world and look like he belonged on the ice. The Predators lost 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings. (PHOTO: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)