Monday, September 15, 2014

"A" for absurdity


   There's got to be something that we don't know about P.K. Subban - something so damning that it's guarded with a commitment to secrecy and security that makes Area 51 look like a backyard tree fort.  Why else would the Canadiens be so consistently loathe to acknowledge and reward their first legitimate (non-goaltender) superstar since Guy Lafleur?
   
   The decision to pass over Subban for the vacant captaincy and make him one of four alternates is only the latest inexplicable slight.  Despite a Norris Trophy in 2013 and a Conn Smythe-calibre performance in last spring's run to the Stanley Cup semifinals, the Canadiens only grudgingly and belatedly agreed to pay Subban market value in his last two contract negotiations.  Coach Michel Therrien's thinly-disguised disdain for Subban has been a regular feature over the first two seasons of Therrien's second coming, whether expressed verbally or through suspect management of Subban's ice time.  Now, the Canadiens braintrust is not only making Subban audition for the captaincy, but they've effectively pitted him against Max Pacioretty in a potentially unhealthy competition that could split the dressing room.  
   Through it all, Subban has stuck invariably to the high road, his personal and professional maturity establishing him as the leading brand ambassador for the CH on and off the ice.  He is the prototype captain in every way.  
   Clearly, there's a graveyard full of skeletons in P.K. Subban's closet.  I can't think of any other possible reason the Canadiens would be so reluctant to make their best and most popular player the undisputed face of the franchise.
   Can you? 

12 comments:

  1. The Molson family,Bergevin and his assistants and Therrien and his assistants didn`t give him the 'C' .....I guess everybodys wrong but you.

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  2. Perhaps, but unlike you, I have the courage of my convictions to put my name next to them, coward.

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  3. Fcking right Theodore, we paid the man top dollar. Give him the responsibility that accompanies said contract.

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  4. There are enough reasons to not have PK as captain that are irrespective to him being PK just as there are enough reasons to have him as captain. With respect to the tenures of Markov and Plekanec running 4 A's is a sensible solution this season. I'd also wonder if promoting someone who only wore the A for a few games last season and promoting him straight to the C wouldn't also cause "potentially unhealthy competition that could split the dressing room".

    Don't get me wrong, Subban would make a great captain but take away the names and there is sense in this decision. Frankly I don't think any captaincy decision could have been made without some kind of scrutiny but to make it all about Subban is a little nearsighted.

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  5. Maybe all 4 were asked, and none of them agreed to be the C.

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  6. Skeletons in PK's closet? Do you know something we don't?

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  7. I'm a big PK fan but I think giving him the 'C' right now is too much too go along with his new contract. Give him a few years and stop this racism nonsense talk, Price is the real de facto Captain.

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  8. I think if you go back to the "disciplining" of PK from the last few seasons, and adding the subtle remarks from a couple of players recently(Mike Weaver on Top Shelf or Brendon Gallagher on with M. Melnick), you get the sense that maybe PK isn't quite there yet, in terms of being ready to be the captain. Not on ice, but off it. A captain cannot show up for a 1030 am skate at 1028. If your leader isn't a pro (in ALL aspects), then what example is being set. ( see Kostitsyns and K oval, imo). PK will eventually be the captain of the Habs, just not yet.

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  9. I say, boost plekys value, give him the c, then free up 5 mil...I'm sure we can get a 17 goal scorer for less...I don't belittle his defensive skills...

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  10. Then, do the same with markov.....then give subby his c....by that time, he'll have matured a bit...

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  11. No racism...maybe from therrien...he's an idiot, without gallant, we are f'd....

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