You know how it is with the NBA. Watch the final four or five minutes of any game and you’ve probably seen all the drama.
It’s getting to be the same way with the Montreal Canadiens.
The biggest story in La Belle Province these days isn’t whether the Habs won or lost, but whether Michel Therrien played P.K. Subban in the dying minutes of a close contest. Because, in a lot of games lately, the coach of the Canadiens has concluded that it’s safer to glue the All-Star’s behind to the bench during crunch time.
Subban, you might recall, won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL last season, making him the sort of guy most coaches would want on the ice with the game on the line. Of course, no one is suggesting he won that award because of his unmatched shutdown abilities. He is, first and foremost, an offensive weapon, someone who helps keep the puck out of his net by moving it as far from his zone as possible.
But that hasn’t been enough for Therrien.