Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"C" is for Subban


     If ever the forest was obscured by the trees, it's in the discussion over who will replace Brian Gionta as the captain of the Montreal Canadiens.  There's some suggestion that the Habs won't even have a captain next season, and that they'll go with three assistants until a suitable candidate for the "C" emerges.
     Hello?  Could it be any more patently obvious that PK Subban is the guy?  Subban meets every qualification for the job.  He's face of the franchise, the best player on the team and a born leader, whether vocally or by example.  His supposed character flaws - egotism and immaturity - are wildly exaggerated within a hockey fraternity that still likes its role models to be humble, deferential, and yes - white.  They're also enormously outweighed by his character strengths.  Subban has shown steady growth as both a player and a person and answered every challenge that's been thrown his way since joining the Canadiens four years ago.  He would embrace the captaincy and the obligations that come with it, on and off the ice.
     Maybe the hold up is that the Canadiens haven't signed Subban to a new long term contract yet.  That's going to happen sooner rather than later, so let's sew the "C" on number 76 and get on with the next eight to ten years.

9 comments:

  1. Got to disagree with you on this one Ted. Although I love Subban as a Canadian's hockey player, he is not in my opinion seasoned enough for the "C". My fear is that instead of him embracing the captaincy as you put it, my fear is that it may go to an already swollen head and that will lead to issues on the ice and in the room. In my opinion you need someone with the passion for the game as he has, but also someone who is better able to handle his currently large ego.

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    1. He keeps getting tagged with that but as I see it, he just has a lot of caracter & confidence.

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  2. Considering everything Subban has had to endure since his arrival in Montreal, and the NHL, it is almost as if he already has veteran experience. His larger-than-life personality notwithstanding, he has bore the brunt of what I believe is an unfair amount of criticism for a player whose skill level is at times breathtaking, all because he doesn't quietly submit to the old-boys requirement of boot-licking humility expected from rookies. He has also maintained a remarkable level of grace considering his head coach has heaped an often lop-sided amount of responsibility and accountability on him throughout the first half of last season. Not to mention weathering the storm of the thinly-veiled undertones of racism that is disturbingly pervasive in the league. Is there any question Subban can be a leader? None, in my mind, except that perhaps it's too soon. Still, Markov doesn't seem interested in the job, and he, like Plekanec, although veteran players, are more inclined to lead through action and work ethic than with their voices. Pacioretty, not there yet. Price, see Markov and Plekanec. I suspect the C will end up on Desharnais' sweater for reasons we understand all too well, but Subban most certainly represents the direction Michel Bergevin indicated in recent statements. It's time for the younger generation to step up, and nobody represents the future of the Canadiens and the NHL quite like Subban.

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  3. Loved what you had to say Ted. And Graeme. Words that bring seriously-needed balance to the too-harsh opinions many hold against Suban. Its always been for him ''He's a great player but...''

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  4. Some hot heads want to give the "C" to P.K. I understand that. However I feel it's just early. This Habs version sits on two chairs. We have veterans who witnessed Lord Stanley alive yet and we have youngsters who watch Transformers. If with the latter group P.K will find the way to the players heads and hearts, it's not so obvious with "wisemen". Having two opposite camps in a team with 10 000 Volt electric charge in between... I don't wish it to any one. Except, maybe to the Leafs. So, to cut the story short: P.K.'s hair doesn't show signs of baldness and his beard is still not to be gray. (I am not talking about physical appearance, but hockey wisdom.) With the time he gets the need the team will be rejuvenated completely, will move from a caterpillar stage to a butterfly and be ready for P.K.C. Now, give it to Markov ( good choice for the teammates, nightmare choice for media = both good) and let'em getting ready for the next season.

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  5. 99.9 % of the time I agree with you Ted...but have to disagree on this one.P.K. takes WAY too many stupid,and unnecessary penalties.I think the the"C" should be worn by the most experienced player,the team "leader".So the best way would be to start the season with 3 "A"'s and see who emerges as the REAL leader,and who deserves to represent the Habs as such,If Subban is to be "THE MAN" then let him prove it!!!That means being the leader,and STAYING out of the "SIN BIN"!!!

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  6. To start the season with P.K. wearing "A" is good for me 100%. When the spring flu strikes the team he will have a chance to wear "C" without major consequences.

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  7. Any new Captain has to learn, adjust and grow into the 'C'. A few good leaders on board but not anyone who shows promise better than what P.K. has to offer. If they passed him-up I wouldn't be very happy.

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