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Big Paydays Can Squeeze NHL Stars

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Just about a week ago, the normally mild-mannered and media friendly Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz uncharacteristically lashed out at a reporter that had asked a relatively innocuous question. It had to do with the fact that after 10 games, Predators captain (and $14-million man) Shea Weber had finally registered his first scoring point of the season.

Trotz took exception to the question and everything it implied – that Weber hadn’t been getting the job done because he hadn’t been putting up points. Weber was playing his usual 27-plus minutes per night for the Predators and despite their perennial no-name cast up front, they were once again confounding the critics and staying competitive in the Western Conference.

It was an interesting...

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