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Posted on May 18, 2012 by JOSH COOPER, The Tennessean

With the Predators season finished for over a week, some varying views on the suspensions of Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal are starting to emerge. The two were also held out for Game 4.

Andrei’s brother, Sergei spoke to the Belorussian news gathering entity, Pressball and announced his displeasure at how management handled the situations involving Radulov and his brother.

“I think the management was too tough on Alexander [Radulov] and Andrei [Kostitsyn]. The punishment for the incident could have been a monetary fine, [they] went too far with the disqualification in the midst of an important stage of the playoffs,” Sergei said,

as translated by Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! “We missed the guys in games three and four of the series.”

Then yesterday on a

The Team 1040 radio station in Vancouver, Predators captain Shea Weber gave a rare offseason interview in which he said he felt ‘a little betrayed’ by Radulov. Weber was one of the players on Nashville who was instrumental in bringing Radulov back from Russia in March and fully endorsed the decision.

“You feel a little bit betrayed, but I am sure he feels bad about it now and he looks back on it and wishes it didn’t happen,” Weber said. “Those are the things you can’t take back and we’ve got to move forward.”

You do have to wonder about both statements. For one, what was said to Sergei in his meeting with the team before he left for the summer? There have been some questions on whether the Predators want him back after his play dropped dramatically following the team’s trade for Andrei in late February. Players likely to return the following season don’t often call out management in such a way.

Also, Weber’s statement indicates that he may have been on board with the decision to suspend Radulov and Andrei.

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Posted on May 18, 2012 by JOSH COOPER, The Tennessean

With the Predators season finished for over a week, some varying views on the suspensions of Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal are starting to emerge. The two were also held out for Game 4.

Andrei’s brother, Sergei spoke to the Belorussian news gathering entity, Pressball and announced his displeasure at how management handled the situations involving Radulov and his brother.

“I think the management was too tough on Alexander [Radulov] and Andrei [Kostitsyn]. The punishment for the incident could have been a monetary fine, [they] went too far with the disqualification in the midst of an important stage of the playoffs,” Sergei said,

as translated by Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! “We missed the guys in games three and four of the series.”

Then yesterday on a

The Team 1040 radio station in Vancouver, Predators captain Shea Weber gave a rare offseason interview in which he said he felt ‘a little betrayed’ by Radulov. Weber was one of the players on Nashville who was instrumental in bringing Radulov back from Russia in March and fully endorsed the decision.

“You feel a little bit betrayed, but I am sure he feels bad about it now and he looks back on it and wishes it didn’t happen,” Weber said. “Those are the things you can’t take back and we’ve got to move forward.”

You do have to wonder about both statements. For one, what was said to Sergei in his meeting with the team before he left for the summer? There have been some questions on whether the Predators want him back after his play dropped dramatically following the team’s trade for Andrei in late February. Players likely to return the following season don’t often call out management in such a way.

Also, Weber’s statement indicates that he may have been on board with the decision to suspend Radulov and Andrei.

Has anyone said what they actually did in the first place?

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