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Why isn’t PK Subban (the league’s number one defenseman from a year ago) NOT playing in the Olympics?
Different “theories,” have been bandied about. Team Canada coach Mike Babcock can’t trust him, he turns over the puck, he shoots on the right side which is a strength of the team and blah blah blah blah blah.
It makes no sense.
I can’t really tell you if the rest of the country feels the same way about Subban as we do in Montreal. But I would say, the fan base that watches him every day, game in and game out, probably would be more inclined to realize the potential liabilities in his game, compared to fans that see him for only a handful of games per year.
The thing is, those so-called liabilities don’t exist. And if they do, they also exist to the same proportions in every other player on the team.
The scary thing heading into the elimination round is Canada’s biggest weakness. Scoring goals. It won’t get easier to score goals as the tournament progresses, but more difficult. Perhaps the most concerning thing about scoring, is that the United States leads the way in that department with 15 and played their prelim round games in a much more difficult group.
With 11 goals scored on the tournament, more than half (six) has come from the defense. The way the Olympic game is being played, on a large ice surface, there’s no question that Subban, who is top-ten in scoring amongst NHL defense, could help this team find the back of the net.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not hoping that Canada doesn’t capture gold. But if they don’t, here’s to hoping that Dan Hamhuis trips with the puck, falls and coughs it up on a game winning goal in a 1-0 hockey game.Then, maybe, someone will do some explaining.