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P.K. Subban adds Blake Wheeler to his enemies list

Feb 6, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

P.K. Subban, Blake Wheeler AP

P.K. Subban has that uncanny ability to make even the most mild-tempered player lose their mind in frustration because of what he does. You can add Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler to the list of players who have snapped thanks to Subban as the two threw down during Montreal’s 3-0 win yesterday afternoon.

Wheeler, however, wasn’t too impressed with how Subban handled himself and tells Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun that Subban should brush up on “the code” when it comes to fighting.

“I asked him to fight and he declined — and then he jumped me,” said Wheeler, whose last NHL fight came almost two years to the day when he dropped the gloves with Canadiens defenceman Ryan O’Byrne on Feb. 7, 2010. “That’s pretty much what he is.”

Subban’s antics are the kinds of things that make NHL veterans lose their mind. Think back to last season when then Flyers captain Mike Richards said Subban lacked any respect for the game.

Maybe Subban just had it out for Wheeler because he’s a former Bruin or maybe Subban is just that sort of player that takes a poke when he’s got a chance, whether the opponent knows it or not.

  1. cmutimmah - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    I’m waiting for Subban to stop being a sideshow and start being a hockey player. So far, he’s got punk written all over him. Maybe he should do what he was brought in to do, which is make the offense go…

  2. t16rich - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Subban is becoming a real chump in this league, but I just watched the video. I wouldnt say Subban jumped him at all. Wheeler was shaking his gloves at PK like a tough guy and PK took him straight on. Just cause Wheeler was acting tough but wasnt ready to be tough, dosnt mean Subban jumped him. If you wanna shake your gloves at players like a tough guy, you better be ready to fight like a tough guy Wheeler.

    • yettyskills - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM


      • yettyskills - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        And it’s not the 1st time PK has said “no” on the ice only 2 seconds later coming in throwing. It’s what he does, he says no no no in gain the advantage because he really means “you think no for a second while I get that advantage”

  3. sonsofneely - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Subban is as gutless as they come…a perfect fit for the Canadians.

  4. letangshair - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    forget these two nobodies. where is my crosby update. come on joe, quit playing around on twitter and get me my update on crosby’s beautiful cranium.

  5. BarberPoleBlog - Feb 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    I love the way Mike Richards’ (he of Dry Island fame) comments still seem to hold any kind of water in regards to Subban, even though he got traded out of Philly because of off-ice issues.

    No matter what Subban does, he can’t win. The other night against NJ, he gives Larsson a “get-better” tap, HNIC panel rips him for that.

    Here he drops the gloves with Wheeler after a hit, but because he double-clutched on the glove drop, giving him a half a second advantage, it’s considered a “punk” move.

    Wheeler saying “he jumped me” is a pretty big stretch considering the two of them were facing each other and jawing back and forth the entire time. Subban may well have declined but Wheeler shouldn’t have dropped his guard.

    • lneighbors - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      If he truly “jumped” Wheeler, wouldn’t he have gotten the instigator penalty?

  6. hockinj25 - Feb 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Maybe Wheeler needs to realize, just like most players in the league today, that its hockey, people will try to hit you. It wasn’t a dirty hit, why do you want to fight him?

  7. blyutz - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Subban, in addition to being a cheap-shot artist, is also a kicker. He has the habit of kicking players with his skates. He’s the guy whose skate gashed Jordan Staal’s foot. The guy doesn’t respect the game. He’ll pay the price one of these days. One team he won’t mess with is the Islanders. Just ask the Penguins.

  8. danphipps01 - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Guy’s sense of class is lower than a Brad Marchand bodycheck. What a douchebag.

    • back2backbees - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      was Marshmont the first, last and only player to ever get called for a clip?
      your envy is showing hater.

      • danphipps01 - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        Oh, spare me your homer BS. It’s the most recent example. Everyone’s gonna get the reference, hence its use. Calm down.

  9. back2backbees - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    this guy proves over and over again that he is a gutless waste of talent.
    use your head and make good on that potential before it too late.

  10. BarberPoleBlog - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    BTW, Tale of the tape:
    Wheeler: 6ft 5inches, 205 lbs,
    Subban: 6ft, 206 lbs

    Subban drops the gloves with a guy 5 inches taller than him and still gets heat.

    Imagine the uproar if Subban fought a 5ft 8 guy?

    • mgp1219 - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      He fought Marchand, who is, wait… 5ft 8″ but he won’t fight anyone else on the Bruins.

  11. sonsofneely - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Anyone who even thinks about defending this waste of life from the Canadians should just watch how he plays in any game…diving, cheap shotting piece of crap…he gets ripped for any thing he does …because he’s worked hard to earn that kind of reaction.

  12. kcredneck - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM


  13. ikillchicken - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Sorry but this kid is just a punk. Every other week he’s in the news over some new incident. He needs to clean up his act.

  14. sfbookreviews - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    So P.K. is a gutless punk. In other breaking news, the sun is hot and water is wet.

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