Can we at least start the discussion about P.K. Subban as a potential Norris Trophy candidate

Posted: March 31, 2013 in Uncategorized
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It came up again last night on Hockey Night in Canada, the notion that P.K. Subban might be a Norris Trophy candidate, and the idea was quickly shot down by one of their commentators, which is par-for-the-course for that most Toronto-centric of TV shows.

But enough’s enough. Can we at least start talking seriously about the entirely reasonable idea that Subban could well be on the shortlist for the 2013 Norris Trophy? The Habs most exciting player – in a tie for that honour with Brendan Gallagher – is having a career season.

The Canadiens defenceman has ten goals and 17 assists in 28 games. He’s a potential game-changer every night. Is there a player in Bettman’s League with a better one-timer from the blue-line? When he and Markov are roaming the blue-line on the power play, it’s a thing of beauty and you show me another team in the NHL that has such a powerhouse duo on its PP defence.

And he plays the game with such passion every night. He hits hard, he skates hard, there’s just no down time with this guy. Did you see that end-to-end rush in Boston Wednesday night? Pretty sweet. And I’m just sorry he missed Lucic by a couple of inches that night. Cos if he’d fully connected, our good pal Milan would still be wondering which team he was playing for today.

He had a goal and an assist that night in Boston – the most exciting Habs game so far this season – and notched another three assists in Saturday night’s 3-0 thumping of the sad-sack Rangers.

But still the Subban hating continues. He’s booed in every rink and there’s only one word for that kind of thing – and it’s an ugly word that speaks volumes about the lack of diversity in professional hockey. Same goes for that idiotic Sports Illustrated piece that claimed Subban was the most hated player in the League. Why is it that Subban has faced so much criticism from the moment he first started creating excitement with the Habs in the 2010 playoffs? Why do so many spend so much time giving him a hard time?

But it’s the grumblers who’re going to look like the bitter, short-sighted malcontents they are when Subban rightfully takes his place as one of the dominant D-men of this era. I’d bet money on that happening. Soon.

 

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