"I would say no, I might be a bit biased because we are close as friends. But I never saw a problem with it. I think they were looking for an excuse, and I think he was the guy that could be easily targeted as a guy that could be a distraction. You see his personality, you see who he is. He is who he is all the time. What you see on camera, on the ice, that's PK Subban all the time. He doesn't change. I never saw one guy have a problem with it in the locker room. I think the team was looking to make an excuse. I think he's an easy scapegoat." - Dale Weise
Wait, what? No. No, no, no. It just can't be. P.K. Subban was used as a fall guy by an organization that drastically underperformed expectations last year? A franchise as tried and true as the Montreal Canadiens handled things with a star player poorly? I don't know. I would have to have a chat with Patrick Roy first, but that sounds like a reach to me. I guess the fact that they lost one of the best starting goaltenders in the whole league to a serious injury could be what's really to blame for derailing their playoff hopes, but I'm much more inclined to say that their most talented skater's personality is what truly sabotaged their season. With a track record of being such an effervescent jerkface, I'd bet my bottom dollar on him as the odds on favorite to terrorize an entire team into mediocrity. Just no chance that a coach with the upmost job security of Michel Therrien would try to unjustly point fingers at the easiest target just to take the pressure off himself.
In fact, I would say that Dale Weise's enabling of his teammate's all-too-divisive, fun loving attitude is probably what got him shipped out of town too. Can't have a bunch of guys conspiring to distract their teammates with energy and laughter. That's why they almost had to get rid themselves of P.K. Subban in exchange for the older, less exciting version of him. Sure, skill-wise it may hurt them down the line, but that's why they brought in an exciting glue guy like Alexander Radulov whose history hasn't raised a single question about his character. Just look at their record! 5-0-1? Undefeated in regulation!? Clearly they made the right decision and the only thing that was holding them back from reaching their potential was their one player who had limitless potential. I don't care what Dale Weise says. He must have been in a different locker room, because the one that P.K. Subban was removed from was one that was torn apart by his passionate celebrations and generous displays of showmanship. There's a time and a place for captivating charisma, and I think all hockey fans would agree that the rink on game day is NOT it.