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Subban on being a healthy scratch: “It’s embarrassing”

Dec 27, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

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Randy Cunneyworth’s inability to speak French is the least of PK Subban‘s concerns.

He’s got to figure out how to get back in Cunneyworth’s good graces — in any language.

Last Thursday, Cunneyworth made his first bold move as head coach (check that, interim head coach) by scratching Subban and center Lars Eller for a game in Winnipeg, which Montreal lost 4-0.

“You don’t want to be a healthy scratch and when you are it’s embarrassing,” Subban told the Globe and Mail. “You’re walking through the airport going home and you don’t even want to look at anybody, because people put so much hope in you as playing and helping the team.

“You want to help the team. And when they don’t think you can do the job, it’s embarrassing. It’s not fun. But it’s not my decision on whether I play or not, so when I get the opportunity I just show up.”

Even though he declined to speak with reporters today, Subban looks as though he’ll rejoin the Habs lineup tonight against Ottawa (he was paired with Josh Gorges and back on the powerplay point during practice.)

And assuming Subban’s back in, the focus will undoubtedly be on his response. Even though he was minus-4 in consecutive losses to Boston and Chicago after careless giveaways on key goals, sitting him out was deemed an extreme measure. Subban leads all Canadiens in average ice time (23:59) and mans both the powerplay and penalty kill.

“I don’t ever want to be a healthy scratch again,” he said. “I shouldn’t be.

“When it happens it’s embarrassing. There’s no other word. I’m not angry, not sad, not mad at myself. It’s just embarrassing.”

  1. lsxphotog - Dec 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    OK, P.K. we know it’s embarrassing, but do you understand WHY you were scratched and that it should be a wake-up call that you need to actually play hard? You missed the point. They sat you for a reason. You SHOULD be mad at yourself because it means the coach believes you’re not playing up to your potential and should get your shit together.

  2. larrybiv - Dec 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Hehe. Good for Cunneyworth. U don’t sit down, a player for no good reason. U also make a statement by going after one of your best players, ala Gaborik/Torterella situation, albeit that was for just a period.

  3. pastabelly - Dec 27, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    The kid has so much natural talent and some maturity issues. With a shot like his, he should have more than two goals at this point in the season. Something isn’t right with the kid.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    C’mon P.K. Take some humble pie and get back on the ice. You are too talented to let pride cloud you vision. The Habs need ya out there. Anyone who disputes that hasn’t watched him play. But I know he can be frustrating to watch sometimes. Let’s hope he can change his ways.

  5. somekat - Dec 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    A billion dollar worth of talent, a quarter’s worth of common sense. I could of pointed out all these things the kids rookie year when they lost to the Flyers in the playoffs.

    Hot head that does not think things through, and makes WAY to many mental mistakes to ever be considered an elite level defenseman in the NHL

  6. scotch679 - Dec 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    He’s not angry, he’s not sad, he’s embarrassed. HE”S A DIMWITT WHO NEEDS TO WAKE UP.

  7. jkay1818 - Dec 27, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    He only has one more goal than cam ward. Sometimes it takes a benching to turn a player of his talent around, maybe look back and use that as a defining moment in his career. But, even his quotes just show immaturity, people looking at me , i shouldnt be benched. He has a horrible attitude that doesnt seem like its changing anytime soon. It’s hard to like a player like him, even with his youth and talent bc he acts like such a d-bag. From the bobby orr talk last yr, to fighting guys half his size, to players holding his hand to the middle of the ice forcing him to fight, the slew foots, the grin etc etc. A guy on my hockey team is a habs fan and was going on and on how hes a definite future hall of famer, and how he’ll be better than “my man” brian leetch and has more talent…………………….get real, show me something.

  8. danphipps01 - Dec 27, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    You’re NOT angry, P.K.? Well there’s a first. Now try being not-angry on the ice and you might not get benched again. Hey, you might not even take penalties that cost your team the game! But we’re getting ahead of ourselves now. Baby steps and all that.

    Seriously, the kid’s got speed, power and a hard, hard shot, but oh my God, he is a walking bag of pointless penalties at the worst possible moments. If he could stop A) taking penalties when the game’s tied or just a goal apart, and B) trying to play center and carry the puck in on his own, only to lose it because there are a million and one forwards who can easily strip him of it and score on the ensuing breakaway, I’d love him. Until both of those happen, he’s an overrated liability that has singlehandedly lost Montreal games more than once. He needs better trainers than Montreal’s got or something, because either they’re not trying to work on his problems or he ain’t listening to a damn thing they say.

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