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Is This What We Really Want?

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

When he (P.K. Subban) returns, hopefully it will be with no personality at all. Never will he speak another interesting thought, if he knows what’s good for him. He will spout cliches in the style of Jason Spezza or Richards or Dion Phaneuf or, yes, Ryan Kesler — and when asked what he has learned from his benching, he will say: “It’s not about me, it’s about the team.”

He will remain black on the outside, but as colourless, for all that, as everyone else in a game that has pretty much hammered all individuality out of its players, and values vanilla above all other flavours.

Talkativeness is held to be a character flaw in hockey, and our juniors learn this before they’ve ever set foot in the pros. Our heroes have been Bobby Orr, who preferred not to speak at all, Wayne Gretzky, who was pleasant but instinctively uncontroversial, Mario Lemieux — who hid from the public until he needed help building his arena, then quickly ducked back under cover — and now Sid The Kid, whose next verbal revelation will be his first.


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edillac's avatar

a shame that canadians hate life

Posted by edillac from isolation on 12/10/10 at 08:07 AM ET


Cam Cole clearly did not watch the Edmonton/Montreal game (PK’s last game), or the 7-8 that preceeded that.  Subban wasn’t benched for being a personality; he was sat because he was making very bad decisions on the ice.

I guess I’m going to side with the coach with well over 1,000 games experience rather than some idiot writer 3,000 miles away from the situation.

Posted by Habs fan in Nashville on 12/10/10 at 10:41 AM ET

landsharkhockey's avatar

Personally, I don’t watch hockey because I can’t wait to see what a player has to say in a sweaty post-game scrum with reporters.  Maybe it’s just me.

Posted by landsharkhockey on 12/10/10 at 11:58 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Said it before and I’ll say it again:

Drama hangs around and follows this kid.  It’s not going to do him any favors for his career.

Posted by Primis on 12/10/10 at 12:08 PM ET

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