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.