For the fourth time this season Montreal Canadiens’ feisty defenseman P.K. Subban was involved in a heated disagreement with a fellow teammate during a practice session on Thursday.
Apparently Subban knocked David Desharnais to the ice, prompting the young center to cross-check then slash Subban. The scuffle was quickly broken up by fellow teammates but the trend is disturbing nonetheless.
After already having altercations with Tomas Plekanec, Mathieu Darche , Louis Leblanc and now Desharnais I would be concerned with having Subban on my team. It’s not like the Canadiens are playing lights-out hockey. This team has issues.
It wasn’t too long ago that a struggling Scott Gomez exchanged words with one of the teams assistant coaches during a team practice.
After practice concluded the players and coaching staff tried to dismiss the latest incident as a “coincidence.” In fact Andrei Kostitsyn teased that everybody wants to fight Subban, adding that any problem during practice seems to involve the young defenseman.
Although Kostitsyn made the comments in jest I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t some truth hidden behind his humor.
Even head coach Randy Cunneyworth felt the spats were just a product of an intemse practice and nothing more. But if I were Cunneyworth and my team was 14th in the conference, seven-points out of a playoff spot I would probably pay a little more attention to these types of interactions.
Maybe a little less fighting in the locker room might equate to a little more winning on the ice. Just saying…
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