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A disgruntled Montreal Canadiens season ticket holder says they will only be attending one game this season — when the Habs take on P.K. Subban's new team.
In a full page newspaper ad, which costs roughly $20,000, the self-described "lifelong fan" said the trade that sent Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber this summer has changed the way they feel about the team.
"Now, I feel anger, disappointment and embarrassment over the treatment of P.K. Subban by team management: the same sentiments that many felt after the Patrick Roy trade," reads the anonymous ad posted in Thursday's Montreal Gazette, signed by "Dr. CK and Family."
from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
Around 3 p.m. EST on June 29, right before the news struck like claps of thunder—or, in one particular case, a bolt of Lightning—P.K. Subban was sipping red wine and studying the dinner menu at an upscale restaurant in Paris. North of his off-season home, Steven Stamkos had just teed off on the 15th hole at Goodwood Golf Club in Stouffville, Ont., and judged that it was his best drive of the summer. Across the continent, in British Columbia, Shea Weber was busy catching waves on the waters of Okanagan Lake. His cellphone, stashed away ashore, was starting to buzz.
Consider this: Had the NHL simply returned to its usual summer rhythm after the Oilers’ trade of winger Taylor Hall (the No. 1 pick in 2010) for Devils defenseman Adam Larsson (No. 4 in ’11) broke at 3:34 p.m., talking heads and fans would have considered themselves well-fed. Instead, six minutes before the hour, an even bigger blockbuster hit Twitter—Subban to Nashville, Weber to Montreal, a straight-up swap of the league’s two highest-paid defensemen, made even more intriguing by their divergent playing styles and dispositions. “People said it was a hockey trade,” Subban says. “I think it’s the furthest from that. I think it was a personality trade.”
"I'm happy to finally be here, I'm excited to be back in the NHL.
"To be part of Montreal is huge. It's a hockey town and they always want to go on a run for the Cup and that's the main reason I chose Montreal."
-Alexander Radulove of the Montreal Canadiens. The CP at TSN has a bit more.
“I hear a lot of bad things about Michel Therrien, obviously, being a fan of Montreal I still read some of the stuff and see it on TV. That’s really disappointing to hear because I have nothing but good things to say about him. From a guy like me, I had to grind and fight my way to get into the league and when I got there he could have just thought that about me and never gave me an opportunity. But from the day I got there, he said: ‘You know what, this is a good opportunity for you. Show me what you can do. I’m not looking into your past, I want to see what you can do in the future. We believe in you.’ So just from a personal standpoint, obviously, I have wonderful things to say about Michel Therrien.
-Dale Weise of the Philadelphia Flyers on Montreal head coach Michel Therrien. Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette has more from Weise.
from Alexei Shevchenko of Sport-Express (roughly translated),
- During the negotiations have "sent" to several NHL clubs.What news was true?
- Me was interested in five or six teams. Communicate with many, but the most realistic, perhaps, were the "Detroit" and "Florida". Then the negotiations with "New Jersey" were held.We can not say that we have already thoroughly discussed the move, but these clubs have expressed interest.
- That is, they call you?
- No, all negotiations have been at a time when I was leaving immediately after the playoffs. That's why I do not hide who talked with me. We had agreed that after the final series for the Gagarin Cup, I come to talk. Phone phone, but personal communication is much more important.
- Oh, that after the departure of the playoffs.
- NHL could understand. They wanted to see me, to talk personally. I have not played in North America, has changed. Everyone was trying to figure out how I personally very interested in playing overseas. I think that for "Montreal" it was a defining moment. General manager of the club believed.
continued (translated) and other topics discussed...
Shea Weber describes the feeling of putting the Canadiens jersey on for the first time, is not worried about replacing P.K. Subban, and says he’s so excited to play in front of the Montreal fans every night.
Canadiens head coach discusses the Subban for Weber trade, saying there were no issues with P.K., but in the end, you can't pass on the chance to land Shea.
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