Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban: Problem Child or Star Burning Bright?

February 14th, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
Is P.K. Subban a problem child?

With players like Matt Cooke, Colby Armstrong and Sean Avery, among others, running their mouths and throwing in the occasional dirty play, you would think not.

Yet for whatever reason, Subban has been a lightning rod for criticism from his fellow NHLPA members, on several occasions this season.

So the question is why?

Is his self-assuredness as a rookie bothersome to the opposition who feel that as a first-year player, he should be more humble? Perhaps it is his world-class ability to chirp after whistles or maybe it's his perceived hubris that rubs them the wrong way.

Whatever the problem, there is no question P.K. Subban is, in a lot of ways, the talk of the league this year.

After the Habs shut out the Leafs 3-0 on Saturday night and Subban got into a scrap with Joffrey Lupul, the latter suggested in his postgame comments that it was a dirty play by Subban to attack him while he was trying to take his helmet off.

Looking at the replay, I can see what Lupul is saying, but I can also see how Subban wasn't trying to be "dirty" but rather, amped by adrenaline, he just wanted to get his hands on the Lea ...

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