So once again PK Subban is a major topic of conversation within both the Montreal Canadiens camp, and throughout the hockey world at large.
After a dismal opening to the game last night in Ottawa against the Senators, in which Subban was -3 +/- differential in the first six minutes of the game, Coach Therrien decided to sit the young player for the duration of the first 20 minutes. Something that has caused fierce debate all of last night and well into today.
There are points for and against the benching throughout MSM personalities and fans alike. Listening to TSN 690 Montreal this morning, Abe Hefter, Bobby Dollas, and Amanda Stein weighed in on the issue, and the views were as differing as summer and winter.
Subban managed to play a total of 13:39 TOI last night despite sitting for the last three quarters of the opening period, but this is something that is becoming more the norm than the exception when it comes to the amount of ice time he sees.
In an all important match against the Tampa Bay Lightning on April first, last years Norris Trophy winner was behind Weaver and Murray for total ice time. It appears that the message from Therrien is clear.
We all have known since day one that Subban can sometimes be a reckless player. He takes chances, and sometimes that leads to mistakes, and those mistakes lead to goals. But he’s only 24 years old. He’s bound to make mistakes. The good he does on the ice far outweighs the occasional errors that he makes.
I agreed completely with what Bobby Dollas has been saying all day today. This is a player who is one of the major workhorses for this franchise. And the workhorses need to be on the ice. Sitting Subban – or deflating his ice time – at this time of year, slows his momentum for playoff hockey. There is no doubt that he will be needed immensely for a deep playoff run. This is a player who should be seeing upward of 25 minutes per game.
It will be interesting to see how it all gets played out tonight when the Red Wings take to the ice at le Centre Bell. This is a team that is hot and streaking right now. A team hungry to ensure a playoff wild card spot. Two more points for Les Boys would go a long way to help secure home ice advantage and Subban should be utilized as much a possible to earn those points.
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