Tuesday afternoon, at the Palms Resort and Casino, the Nashville Predators seemed to be all over the place at the pre-awards media event. With four representatives nominated for awards, only the Vancouver Canucks had more personnel on hand for the preliminaries to the festivities that will be broadcast Wednesday night on Versus at 6 p.m. CDT.
Barry Trotz was a favorite of the media as he answered questions for over 45 minutes as he mesmerized the pundits with his stories and explanations. As always he was humble and spread the credit to the team as well as the opposition.
When asked to handicap his chances to pick up the Jack Adams Trophy he said, "All I know is that Alain beat me so he is ahead of me. I talked to Danny and I thought he did a great job. Anybody who has two of the top forwards go out early and then changes their whole culture. I thought he did an outstanding job."
As the team Captain, Shea Weber, who is for for the Norris Trophy, was pleased more so for the team than for himself, "It's huge for the organization. A lot of times we don't get a lot of credit since we fly under the radar." Laying low will not be an option going forward after the Predators advanced to the second round and gave the Vancouver Canucks more of a battle than they anticipated.
Pekka Rinne, who is up for the Vezina Trophy, appeared to be having the best time of all the nominees. We got so see a different side of the star net-minder than we see when he is all business during the season.
He was pleased to see the large contingent of Nashville bloggers and liked being in Las Vegas for the first time, "It's exciting. I've had a little time to go to the pool and rest a little bit. I came straight from Finland so it's been quite a change."
Buddy Oakes for PredsOntheGlass