Subban's play since coming back Part 2
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03-30-2013, 10:58 AM
Join Date: Mar 2008
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It's not hindsight. Many of us were calling for the extension back when this was going on. Management should've realized that he was a legit number one and well worth the 5 mil he was asking for. It was a very reasonable amount and we totally screwed PK over with the ridiculous lowball offer that he wound up accepting.
Please don't sit here and pretend like this wasn't being said two months ago because the posts are there for all to see. MB has done a good job so far but that was dumb on his part.
Nobody claimed he would already competing for the Norris. That is a happy turn of events, and a lower contract relieved Subban of some pressure that was impeding his play.
Subban performs best when it comes naturally to him, not when he is forcing plays. Subban started on the 3rd pairing this year, and gained tons of maturity to achieve his current level of play. Who's to say the heavy pressure of a big contract wouldn't have lingered?
I don't doubt Subban's motivation. Nor do I doubt his capacity to step up in times of need. I only doubt his capacity to master himself when things aren't going his way. He used to try too much, and it bit him in the ass.
It's the Taxi Driver dilemma all over again.
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