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The trials and travails of PK Subban

Questionable decisions on the ice. Shouting matches with an assistant coach. Smiling when he shouldn’t smile. Yapping when he shouldn’t yap.

Bad mannered. Temperamental. Egotistical. Oh yes. PK Subban is trouble, alright - in that he acts like most 22 year olds.

With 19 points in 47 games, and a +/- rating of 0, after listening to callers on Montreal radio today, you’d think PK was having the worst season a defenceman has ever had for the Canadiens. Remember, in Montreal, when it rains, it pours.

Now the dogs are out. Trade PK. Get rid of him. Move him at all costs. Get value while he’s still valuable.

Folks: PK Subban is 22 years old. Want some comparables? Go look at the statistics of one Doughty, Drew and one Myers, Tyler. Take a good, long look. Then tell me what you think. Because here’s what I think:

Trade PK, and you’ll regret it for a long, long time.

The Canadiens had another young, somewhat troublesome, individualistic defenceman years ago. His name was Chris Chelios. He was shipped out of town for a veteran. How’d that turn out?

In the end, I have no power in such a decision. I’m just a fan, like all of you reading this right now. But I know three things: 1) PK Subban had immense talent, 2) He may rub people the wrong way - and many, many good hockey players have - but I don’t believe he’s a bad/evil/malfeasant guy and 3) If he doesn’t become a star in Montreal, he will wherever he goes.

Mr. Gauthier: don’t trade Mr. Subban. Please. You’ll regret it, I’ll regret it. The whole bloody province will regret it.

Luckily, all of this is likely hearsay, and what do the guys on RDS know anyways? They aren’t involved in negotiations. But where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And I’ve witnessed a lot of smoke on TV and on the radio the past few days. Furthermore, there was a lot of smoke coming out of Randy Ladoceur’s ears the other night, and more today.

But I reiterate: please Mr. Gauthier, don’t make this mistake. If you do, I guarantee it will be the last one you make as GM in Montreal, because you won’t last in the job long enough to make another one.

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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