Two Questions for the Gold Medal Game
- Updated: February 27, 2010
How will the Predators organization take advantage of the USA-Canada final?
First a brief history lesson:
The first active Predator to medal in the Olympics was Mike Dunham, who picked up a silver medal for Herb Brooks’ surprising 2002 Team USA.
In 2006 in Torino, four Preds managed to medal. Future captain Kimmo Timonen snagged a silver medal for Finland after a narrow loss to Sweden in the final, while Tomas Vokoun, Martin Erat and Marek Zidlicky managed to shutout Russia in the bronze medal game.
Regardless of the outcome of this year’s final, there will be a Predator standing at the top of the podium for the first time in organization history.
In 2002 and 2006, the organization did virtually nothing to capitalize on the Olympics other than a poster and a quick pregame ceremony. After the Olympics, however, it was like nothing whatsoever had happened. They cannot do that this time around.
There is very little doubt that they have to take advantage of the apparent “hockey boom” before it fades out. They will have a gold medalist on the roster (and a silver medalist).
There are 10 home games in March and plenty of opportunities to sell our returning Olympians.
So the question lingers…
Will they take advantage of the Suter-Weber showdown?
Who is the better defenseman?
Shea Weber without a doubt, right?
Not so fast…by getting out from underneath Shea’s shadow, Suter has been able to showcase his defensive skills.
In fact, during the first Canada/USA game, Suter was on the ice for every single American goal scored on a goalie.
Both players are leading their team in time on ice. While Rafalski is picking up the big numbers for the USA defense, it’s Suter who is showing how a top tier NHL defenseman plays defense.
So who is the better defenseman? Does it even matter?