The other day I wrote about CBC’s Elliotte Friedman going on about how PK Subban won’t win the Calder Trophy because PK annoys too many people. Max and Chara Talk, And PK Annoys
Today, Booche (Andre Bouchard) wrote telling me he’d asked Friedman recently about Subban’s chances and I’ve decided to show the entire question and answer from the two of them.
Thanks for this, Booche.
From your perspective, how manufactured are the negative sentiments towards PK Subban? Obviously Hab fans are living by the “see no evil speak no evil” side of the sword, but I encounter fans of other teams on a daily basis who scream to the rafters regarding PK Subban’s “lack of respect” and his “dirty” play. I can’t help but think how much these folks have been influenced by another CBC employee. Will all this negative attention affect the odds of PK being nominated for the Calder?
Thanks and keep delivering those Monday 30 thoughts, one of the best regular hockey pieces found on the internet as far as I am concerned.
– Andre Bouchard
Glad you like the column.
I do think Subban’s Calder candidacy is being hurt by some of the things that have happened this year. Maybe not fair, but fact. He deserves a lot more credit than he’s getting, considering the role he’s played on a decimated blue-line.
However, it’s not fair to solely blame Don Cherry. Before the season started, I asked 10 coaches and GMs who deal with the AHL to submit players who were ready to make an impact in the NHL. Every one named Subban. Every one. But one person said the only thing he hated about the rookie was that he started things and let others fight those battles. So this kind of thing predates Don’s rants.
Earlier this year, I asked Subban about all of the things he says, and he replied, “That’s me,” adding he feels he needs to be that way to be at his best. If that’s his choice, it comes with consequences. But it doesn’t sound like he’s too worried about them.