PuckDaddy- Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban decided comedy was the best way to needle the Montreal Canadiens at a Monday charity gala at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.
Subban’s appearance was scheduled before the trade and the event was 100 percent sold out.
“Now I’m free to do as many low 5s as I want,” Subban said – in reference to Therrien’s banning his “Triple-Low 5” celebration move with goaltender Carey Price.
“Over the years people in Montreal embraced me with open arms. And those who didn’t, well, those are the people who traded me,” he also said.
Subban dedicated a country song to Bergevin called “Take This Job and Shove It.”
He sent another song out to his teammates called “Good Luck With That” in regards to them trying to win a Stanley Cup under Therrien’s system.
There was also a moment where Subban asked for a beer, but “a good beer, none of that Molson stuff.” Geoff Molson – who owns the brewery – also owns the Canadiens.
I'm fairly certain there are going to be a lot of Canadiens' faithful that take exception to a couple of jokes told by a scorned NHLer doing standup in the city whose franchise traded him away for an older, less talented version of himself. Truth be told, they probably should. Not because P.K. Subban was wrong for honoring a commitment he made prior to being shipped out of town and getting on stage to lightheartedly address the biggest elephant that's ever fit in an auditorium, but because this is the closest they will ever get to being able to validate his dismissal. It's always a rough process to lose a player that's a fan favorite. Especially one who is in his prime and has a personality that's as magnetic as the puck is to his stick. Sometimes the only way to get over that disappointment is to turn to irrational criticism.
That's exactly what a Canadiens fan would be doing by getting upset with a few one liners at the expense of their team's management. A management that - mind you - couldn't handle one of the best young players in the sport because he was "too" effervescent. If I were a Canadiens diehard I would probably be pulling the "see, this is why he had to be moved" card too, and it has everything to do with having a lack of better options. The day that a fan can't justify his team's horrible personnel decisions is the day that he stops being a true fan. So while I personally think it's insane to be pissed at P.K. Subban for getting some well deserved laughs by needling his former employer, it's what needs to be done by a select group of people that want nothing more than to rationalize his absence in their lineup. Every good joke has a little bit of truth to it, and the truth that their team gave away one of the most electric, engaging players in all of sports has to hurt those that used to root for him. Hate on if you can Habs fans, because P.K. Subban might not give you too many more opportunities to do so in the future.
P.S. Love him throwing the "I'm still kind of worried about living in the South" jab at his new franchise. Nobody should be safe at a comedy show...
“If there’s one thing I’ve tried to do in all the cities I’ve played in, it’s immerse myself in the local culture. In Belleville, I learned how to sail, when I moved to Montreal, I learned how to speak French – right ladies? And in Hamilton, I learned how to breathe through my mouth,” he said. “So now that I’m living in Nashville, it’s time I learned more about … That’s right, getting pulled over by the cops.”