When asked by McGuire on potential thoughts on advice for Subban:
Coaching staff had the luxury of sending the message that the selfishness is something they can't have. He said that the coaching staff made the right decision because they need Subban because he is a good player but what they don't need is the undisciplined and selfish behavior.
Thoughts on his candid post game interview with McGuire?
He's right. PK took an extremely selfish penalty which is something he does quite often. He always tries to make the flashy play but he needs to stop that. His only focus should winning games... Nothing else.
Personally, initially I was taken back by his honesty and candor. Half of me agrees with you that a teammate should not speak so openly about another's struggles. On the flip side, Cole is a veteran and is showing up for the Habs as such, his veteran leadership is likely needed and perhaps he voiced what needed to be heard.
Personally, I hope PK regains his swagger and becomes the world-class player he is capable of being in Montreal. He just needs a veteran mentor or something.
Gorges said something similar in the 2nd period intermission. Sounds like the teammates are rallying around the coach. Hopefully PK takes this the right way and learns from it.
Kid is 22 years old and Mike Keenan was just talking about how kids need coaching all the time. He compared Subban to Jeremy Roenick. Very outspoken guy, needed some coaching but great player and that's how he sees PK turning out.
These are just the growing pains of a good young hockey player.
Took a penalty in the second period, didn't play a shift after that for the duration of the period.
Coaching is getting it, players are too. Dealing with a young player that has offensive upside but needs to learn defense is a difficult obstacle. It takes time and patience and the last thing people should be asking for is a trade. He's talented, no doubt but he needs some time to develop properly and some patience from the fan base as well as the media.
Subban is still pretty young and will learn.. he isnt a desperated cause like Cammalleri...
The leadership of this team seem to have turned the corner.. Cammalleri free, coaching staff starting to put some order in this room.. It suddenly looks good for the rest of the season.. Just play this way every games and they will make me believe again..
I agree that it's weird to see another player call another out.... however.
I remember reading somewhere that years ago rookies and younger players were basically given no face time by the press. Now they have as much as anyone else. Subban had a great intro to the NHL and there is a feeding frenzy both good and bad surrounding him. A veteran like Cole should be able to call him out. They've clearly tried doing it in private and it hasn't worked.
If Subban is smart, and I believe he is he'll stop some of his midget hockey ways. He's got a cockiness that I love, but lets let the hockey do the talking. As an example, Emelin is gaining a good rep in the league as a tough hitter. It helps that he doesn't speak english, but, he's let his game do his talking. If PK had done this.... who knows.... but it's not in his makeup. You don't want him to become a hermit, but you do want him to become more quiet, maybe he speaks too much in the room... that wouldn't have happened in the 70's. Eyes open, ears open, Mouth SHUT. Same on the ice.
It was a very selfish penalty so I agree with the coaching staff (2nd period benching) and Cole. That being mentioned, I did like Subban's performance (during his first shift in the 3rd, he carried the puck from end to end!) throughout the 3rd... that's how you cope with adversity.
The kid is learning!
Last edited by Kjell Dahlin: 01-25-2012 at 09:54 PM.
Reason: "during his first shift" or "on his first shift"?