Both On And Off The Ice, Brendan Gallagher Made A Complete Ass Of Himself By Going After P.K. Subban
At the risk of taking this discussion to a place that no one other than Al Sharpton wants to take it, I think we can all agree there's a couple things that all the players/coaches/executives/analysts that have had either disparaging or underhanded things to say about the player that serves as a breath of fresh kryptonite to hockey culture have in common. However, the one I want to focus on in this instance is their inevitable ability to get most people to rally around P.K. Subban.
Seriously, the origin of all the proverbial rocks that get hurled at the personality-driven Predators' defenseman might as well be coming from the same glass house, because all they do is increase the wattage on the bright lights that he's always embraced being in. I know Brendan Gallagher's vision might not be 20/20 after hilariously incurring a self-inflicted cut above his eye by trying - and more importantly, failing - to take a run at his former teammate a full second after the puck had left his stick. Still, a regrettable flesh wound to his face isn't enough of an excuse for him to be completely blind to how dense he sounded in criticizing P.K. Subban for seeking the same attention that he, himself, was ever-so-quick to grant him. The Canadians forward could have went to the well of cliches to alter the course of the questioning, and instead he took a harmless inquiry as his opportunity to break the mold from which most repressed postgame answers are formed to make sure everyone knew he was actually saying everything by "saying nothing".
To put it simply, talking a little shit and displaying some showmanship - as he always does - didn't make a defenseman who was -1 in a shootout victory part of the storyline today. Being the target of a someone that - both on and off the ice - came across as a catty, spiteful reflection of the universally mocked General Manager that traded him made a defenseman who was -1 in a shootout victory a part of the storyline today.
I don't want to get into the wealth of good he does away from the rink, because P.K. Subban's charitable endeavors - while both extensive and honorable - aren't even relevant to this particular discussion about his perceived self-promotion. What is relevant is that - whether you see it as shameless or stimulating - that very same self-promotion pales in comparison to the newsworthiness of the hypocritical critiques of his character.
As objectively lovable as he seems, P. K. Subban isn't beyond reproach. However, if you're going to come at him then you damn well better come harder than launching yourself uncontrollable in is direction for a check that ended up looking as stupid as "that opponent I just talked about not talking about for a full minute talks about himself too much" sounds. Especially when what he has to say is exponentially more interesting than anything and everything said or done by the bottom feeding organization that made him part of the Stanley Cup contender that accepts him and his celebrity.