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Friday's Dump & Chase: Trotz Has His Captain's Back

For many fans (especially fantasy hockey managers), seeing Shea Weber record his first point of the season was an opportunity to breath a sigh of relief. For Nashville Predators head coach, it provided the chance to make a heated public statement in support of Shea Weber's play.

Frederick Breedon

Nashville Predators News

Shea Weber’s first point of the season a sore subject for Barry Trotz - Nashville Predators Examiner
At last night's post-game press conference, the coach jumped (prematurely) at the chance to take a public stand in support of his captain, perceiving a slight where none truly existed. It seemed that he was very eager to dispel talk around the league about Weber perhaps under-performing at the start of the season.

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Here's the presser last night, keep an eye out for that Weber question at the 6:35 mark:

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