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The Subban Trade And Reaction

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

It’s time to chill out, take a deep breath, keep things in perspective. After all, we didn’t just vote to leave the EU and hurl an entire continent into chaos.

What happened in Montreal late Wednesday afternoon is that a hockey player was traded. A great hockey player, much loved by a significant portion of the fan base was traded for another great player.

The sad part is why P.K. Subban was traded. He is gone today because the Canadiens always wanted Floyd Patterson — and they got Muhammad Ali. They wanted shy and humble, they got brash and confident. I remember when Subban first showed up at camp as a second-round pick, talking like a cross between Ali and Johnny (the Ordinary Superstar) Rodgers.

Even then, the Canadiens seemed uncomfortable with their young prodigy. And even then, you could sense that, like Ali and Rodgers, Subban was going to walk the walk.

But the Canadiens spent the past six seasons trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. They stuck him with some of the most conservative coaches in the business and when (predictably) it didn’t work out, it was Subban who was gone, not the coach.

In hockey terms, it might work in the short term — but no one wanted to hear that on Wednesday. It was all about P.K. Subban departing for Nashville, not about Shea Weber coming to Montreal.

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Habs fans react...

from John Meagher of Hockey Inside/Out,

“I’m livid right now,” said Habs fan Todd Currie while sitting at the bar in McLean’s Pub on Peel St.

“I don’t think another player who comes to Montreal will buy into this city like P.K. Subban did,” Currie said.

“I think he was Montreal. He was from Toronto but he adopted Montreal as his hometown. He did all kinds of philanthropic work. He played with kids on the street. It’s an unbelievable trade in my opinion.”

“Shea Weber is not even the best defencemen in Nashville,” added Currie. “P.K. is a top 5 defenceman in the league. He’s a franchise defenceman. This is ridiculous.”

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The sad part is why P.K. Subban was traded. He is gone today because the Canadiens always wanted Floyd Patterson — and they got Muhammad Ali. They wanted shy and humble, they got brash and confident

If this is truly why they trade Subban, they are idiotic. While some of Subban’s early on ice antics wore on my skin, most of it was because he wasn’t playing for MY team. He brings a kind of energy hockey could probably use. It isn’t like he was rude during interviews, complained about practices or flaunted a lifestyle well above the means of the average fan. Instead he played with a passion and fun on the ice that you’d hope most players WOULD have. He is immensely talented and super charitable.

Montreal has always had issues with trying to force there players and coaches to meet their mold. Perhaps it is time they adjust, instead of the other way around.

They got a very talented player in Weber in return but there shouldn’t have been a reason to make this trade. Nashville is going to be thrilled and he will be embraced there once they get over losing Weber. He’ll fit right in there in a town known for being both hard working and fun. It isn’t the 50s anymore Montreal, one can be both.

 

Posted by evileye on 06/30/16 at 09:14 AM ET

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Shea Weber is not even the best defencemen in Nashville

This is true, and it is part of the reason Weber was available, the other part being the offer sheet NSH got stuck with matching.

If Josi and Subban play together, it will be the best dman pairing in the league next season.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/30/16 at 09:30 AM ET

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If Josi and Subban play together, it will be the best dman pairing in the league next season.

Not only that but they will be together for a LONG time.

Posted by evileye on 06/30/16 at 09:59 AM ET

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