Jim Diamond is reporting on Twitter that Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber has been fined $2500, but not suspended, by the NHL after boarding Vancouver's Jannik Hansen in the 3rd period of last night's 5-1 loss to the Canucks. It would have been the first suspension in Weber's NHL career, and the team's first since Shane O`Brien sat down for two games for high-sticking Florida's Stephen Weiss back in January.
#6 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators
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Here's video of the hit in question, about which Weber told Josh Cooper he "didn't even think it was a penalty at the time"...
One topic for debate here is how this reflects on Weber as a captain - is this is a case of him venting some understandable frustration over the Preds' play of late, or a loss of composure that one shouldn't expect from a team leader? Since it occured during a delayed penalty on Ryan Suter, it put the Preds into a 5-on-3 disadvantage, the second penalty by Weber last night that did so.