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P.K. Subban. 7/8 d-man ?




Full disclosure: I am an unabashed P.K. Subban fan.

It pains me greatly to hear all of the media BS re: P.K. and his place on the Olympic team. You know, all of the "defensive liability" blah blah blah crap. The healthy scratch, 7 or 8 crap. All of the outright yada yada yada, crap crap crap.

The man is a generational talent. A puck-possession beast. A physical threat. A power-play machine. Possessor of a thunderbolt slap-shot. A world-class, elite offensive AND defensive star.

It seems routine when you watch him regularly but his ability to skate the puck out of the defensive zone, hit a forward in-stride with a headman pass, or enter the offensive zone seemingly at will, is so sublime (definition: "of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe") that only the hockey term "beauty" can apply.

Subban's energy, exuberance, skating ability, hockey talent, and will to win are self-evident. To think he is inferior to Hamhuis, Bouwmeester, or (most of all) Vlasic, is unutterably ridiculous and/or contemptible.

Subban, based on his career record and his play in the Austria game, deserves top-four minutes along with Doughty, Weber, and Pietrangelo. Any coaching decision that minimizes (or scratches) Subban is misbegotten.

LH/RH balance makes sense if all of the d-men are of comparable talent. If one of them is P.K. Subban then a rational coach will find a place for him in the lineup (and, as an aside, the coach would also tell Duncan Keith to pass the F*****G!! puck to PK on the power play, but that is a separate rant).

FREE P.K. SUBBAN !! Give Canada it's best chance at Gold.

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