P.K. Subban's 2012-13 NHL season began with the Montreal Canadiens defenseman sitting on the sidelines, watching his teammates get off to a great start while he negotiated a new contract with general manager Marc Bergevin.
Subban missed the first four games of the season before signing a two-year, $5.75 million deal, and he sat out two more games before finally getting his season underway.
Though that might not have been the ideal start to the season for Subban, it couldn't have come to a much better conclusion Saturday night.
Subban was named the recipient of the James Norris Memorial Trophy prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, beating out fellow finalists Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild.
The Norris Trophy is awarded to the defenseman demonstrating "the greatest all-around ability in the position," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.