In a turn of very interesting events, P.K. Subban has gone from being one of the best defensemen in the National Hockey League, to being benched, to possibly being on the trading block.
Everyone already knows P.K. Subban as every team’s worst enemy. To me he’s a player that I absolutely hate to play against, but really want on my team for reasons like this:
Don’t forget that he’s also a loving, fantastic human:
Per TVA Sports’ Louis Jean, according to rumors from anonymous team execs P.K. Subban is also on the trading block:
These rumors all started after this Avalanche game:
So clearly Subban is the one who loses the puck, which ultimately leads to the Avs winning goal, but to bench Subban for it? Down by one with not a lot of time left: Subban shouldn’t come off the ice. Yet I get what the coach is trying to do. If the Canadiens were in the Capitals' situation (first place by a million) then I would get mad at Subban, not bench him.
But the Habs aren’t even in the playoff picture right now. The coach is trying to send a message that if you mess up then you pay the consequences (unless your name is Carey Price). No one (unless your name is Carey Price) is safe until the team starts winning games.
So, could it be possible?
In a perfect world, yes, and the Bruins nab him in a trade for Kevan Miller.
When this story first broke, a lot of rumors were flying around of what’s going on up North. The fans want to keep Subban yet the Canadiens organization wants to keep coach Therrien, who was rumored to also be losing his job, and said this after the game about Subban:
“We played hard, played a solid game; too bad an individual mistake cost us the game late in the game. As a coach I thought he could have had a better decision at the blue line...and he put himself in a tough position.”
What could this say about the position of Subban? No one really knows for sure, but a rumor needs to come from somewhere. Some little inkling of an idea from someone’s French head led this rumor to be a little true. Thankfully that lets the rest of the world speculate a.k.a. guess what it might cost for Subban.
The Canadiens should keep Subban and find a D-man who can play like him (lead the team in minutes and points, too, sure) and balance out the load that Subban has had put on him. The Habs really only have Subban on the back line, other than that their defense is dried up.
He has had to carry the team on his back since Price went out with an MCL injury in the first half of the season. No one should have to have that on their own, and the organization needs to realize that despite how fantastic Subban is on the ice, hockey needs a whole team to win, not just one player (unless your name is Carey Price).
So, back to what it might cost: a lot.
From the Bruins perspective, if Bergeron, Rask or Marchand were offered I’d riot immediately. The things these three guys give for this team is unmatched and under appreciated.
Matt "Dealin' Dave" Watts brought up the scenario of Krejci, Pasta, Jakub Zboril (recent draft pick) and a first round pick in one of the upcoming drafts.
I don’t like it, but I understand the deal and would do it.
David Krejci is a player who is very hard to replace, but the Bruins proved we can survive without him. PK Subban is an even trade at the least for that trade. Yet having Subban on the Bruins squad will never happen as long as they wear white and red against our black and gold, but it’s a nice thought to think.
Subban is realistically (maybe) not going anywhere. He has a no-trade clause on his $9 million that starts July 1st of this year, so if a trade is going to happen it will happen soon. He bounced back from the Avalanche game with two apples last night in a win against the Flyers, so maybe the Canadiens will realize what’s good with keeping P.K..
If you have time, take a look at Biased Boston's exclusive interview with P.K.: