Monday, 17 February 2014

Somebody has explaining to do

Art Ross and Norris Trophies winners not good enough to play
It’s been impossible to understand, especially considering the fact that nobody has been doing any explaining… 

Why isn’t PK Subban (the league’s number one defenseman from a year ago) NOT playing in the Olympics? 

Different “theories,” have been bandied about. Team Canada coach Mike Babcock can’t trust him, he turns over the puck, he shoots on the right side which is a strength of the team and blah blah blah blah blah. 

It makes no sense. 

I can’t really tell you if the rest of the country feels the same way about Subban as we do in Montreal. But I would say, the fan base that watches him every day, game in and game out, probably would be more inclined to realize the potential liabilities in his game, compared to fans that see him for only a handful of games per year. 

The thing is, those so-called liabilities don’t exist. And if they do, they also exist to the same proportions in every other player on the team. 

The scary thing heading into the elimination round is Canada’s biggest weakness. Scoring goals. It won’t get easier to score goals as the tournament progresses, but more difficult. Perhaps the most concerning thing about scoring, is that the United States leads the way in that department with 15 and played their prelim round games in a much more difficult group. 

With 11 goals scored on the tournament, more than half (six) has come from the defense. The way the Olympic game is being played, on a large ice surface, there’s no question that Subban, who is top-ten in scoring amongst NHL defense, could help this team find the back of the net. 

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not hoping that Canada doesn’t capture gold. But if they don’t, here’s to hoping that Dan Hamhuis trips with the puck, falls and coughs it up on a game winning goal in a 1-0 hockey game.Then, maybe, someone will do some explaining. 


  1. Listen to 690 all day long from when I get in to work till I'm home. ( 5-6-7-8-9- am to 5-6-7-8-9-pm I have long long days .
    And I enjoy listening when your on.
    As to the pk subban conversation. I agree with you.
    Habs fan

  2. Thanks so much Berry. I appreciate the kind words and also thanks for listening to the show.

  3. I couldn't agree more, I said the same thing about him being a top 10 defense-man in the whole league iin scoring among defense man, he was good enough to win the Norris last year, but not good enough for team Canada? It really sucks, I wonder if his celebrations have anything to do with it? Don Cherry ran his mouth about that, and he has a lot of influence on some people, unfortunately! lol.I can't stand him personally, (Don Cherry), but every one's entitled to their opinion. Anyway, Subban would help a lot offensively, for sure, i don't know why Babcock can't see that, not to mention he is a great on defense of course too. I am really looking forward to the trade deadline too, I really think this is the year we get a really good scorer, we got a lot of money freed up! Not to mention we have a great team already,8 players gone to Sochi, that is 3rd or 4th in the league, that's pretty god, add a little size and scoring, and everyone stays healthy. I wish they would have taken Jagr a while back, I was very disappointed that they turned him down, I know he's old, but he's still lighting it up! Anyway, thanks for reading, take 'er easy. GO HABS GO!!!