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01-11-2013, 02:39 PM
Poked the bear!!!!!
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Montreal, QC
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Martin McGuire, a respected journalist from
, mentioned in his daily camp update (audio file available), that some players seem a little bit annoyed by the fact that Subban decided to stay in Toronto. According to McGuire, they are under the impression that he should be skating with them or, at least, participate in off-ice activities.
Gionta was more direct. Apparently the Habs players played for charity during the lockout but Subban preferred to play in a charity event in Toronto. It did bug Gionta.
You can disagree with the players but unless you are calling McGuire a liar, this is not stupid rumors and/or bad hearsay.
Personally, I respect Martin McGuire and I think he is telling the truth. Is it a big deal? I don't think so but apparently the players think that Subban should make an effort to reinforce his "team first" attitude.
And that still doesn't contradict what I said. Yet again, we're finding every reason and every excuse possible to villainize one of our good players. They come along so rarely you'd think we'd cherish them but instead, here we are, bending over backwards to find things with which we can knock down Subban.
All we have is a mangled Gionta quote (which, when I read it, again sounded like he was clearly joking about finding Subban a media gig in Montreal) and whispers from McGuire that the players are annoyed. Think about how silly that is.
And it's 100% stemming from the fact that he doesn't have a contract and people are looking for a story. If he had a contract but everything else stayed the same (spending time in Toronto, not joining the Habs in the charity games), we wouldn't hear a peep of it.
It's just...silly. That's the only word for it. And he hasn't missed a single game with his so-called "hold out". So what are we talking about, really?
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