After making use of every possible excuse not to make a potential Norris Trophy winner part of Team Canada and looking silly in the process, management finally held it’s collective nose and added P.K. Subban to their roster on the eve of the knockout portion of the tournament.
What did Subban really do that was so bad to earn this kind of treatment?
Because of Steve Yzerman and his committee’s inability to, in timely fashion overcome whatever personal issues they had with Subban, he will now arrive in Stockholm early Tuesday with no chance of preliminary round action and likely only one team practice before the team faces a sudden death quarterfinal game, probably against Sweden Thursday.
Meanwhile, the pro-active management of Team Sweden brought the Sedin twins and defenceman Alex Edler onto their team the moment Vancouver was eliminated from the playoffs. They arrived in Helsinki on Saturday and by the time Sweden plays in the quarterfinal Thursday, Henrik and Daniel Sedin will have one game and four practice sessions behind them.
Subban’s Canadiens teammates Alex Galchenyuk, Raphael Diaz and Tomas Plekanec also will have had at least one preliminary round game and two practices with which to integrate into their respective national teams.
Click here for the Hockey Canada News Release Re: Subban. This may be boosting a conspiracy theory but, it was pointed out to me that in the whole news release Monday Subban was not mentioned in the headline and only twice in the body of what was a lengthy posting. A suspicious person might think it was written under protest. An interesting project might be tracking Subban’s World Championship ice time, if any. After all, he hasn’t had any opportunity to practice with the team, has he?