BROSSARD – Subban weighs in on his talk with Randy Ladouceur and Price offers his take on the politics of fellow goalie, Tim Thomas.
Tough love: Part of being a young player in the NHL involves taking an earful from your coach from time to time. P.K. Subban found himself dealing with just such a scenario when a defensive zone giveaway against the Penguins on Friday night resulted in a Pittsburgh goal a few seconds later. Randy Ladouceur made his opinions clear to the young defenseman on the bench following the play, and continued to ride him during the team’s Tuesday morning skate. But as Subban made clear following practice, nothing could be further from an “issue” than the topic in question.
“I have a great relationship with Randy and I’d hate for you guys to ruin that. I’m a young guy, I need to be coached and that’s what he’s doing. Just let him do his job and I’m just going to play the game,” said Subban, to the larger-than-usual throng of reporters waiting by his stall as he entered the Brossard dressing room.
“Obviously coaches and players are never going to agree on absolutely everything. But at the end of the day I’m 22 years old and honestly, it doesn’t really matter what I think. He’s going to tear a strip off me again this year – probably a couple of times! But if we’re going to make a big deal out of it every time, it’s not beneficial to our team,” continued Subban who is still honing his skillset while already averaging more ice time than any other Habs blue liner at 23:55 per game. “He does it to all the other young guys, and even the older guys, too, when they need it. He’s a coach, and whenever you guys ask me, I always say I’m trying to get better everyday – part of getting better is being coached.”
Political statements: Following the team’s practice, Carey Price took a moment to address concern over a cut on his toe that kept him out of Sunday’s Metro Canadiens Fan Practice before offering his two cents on Tim Thomas’ recent political coup.
“It was just a little cut that needed some stitches. It was just on a spot on my foot where I had a lot of pressure so I just needed a couple of days to let it close,” explained Price on the cut he sustained from his own skate during the post-game press scrum in Toronto. After confirming he’ll be ready for action against the Red Wings, Price switched gears to discuss Boston goalie Tim Thomas’ decision to boycott the Bruins’ White House visit for political reasons.
“That’s a pretty political move. It’s bold, he’s standing up for what he believes in I guess, so good on him,” said Price, before mentioning if he was invited to meet Stephen Harper in Ottawa, he might handle the situation a little differently.
“I’d be there with bells on, but that’s just me. I don’t really have too many issues with our government. Everybody obviously has their own opinions though and it’s great that he stands up for what he believes in,” finished Price before chiming in on teammate Tomas Kaberle seemingly appearing in every shot, directly behind President Barak Obama. “He looked good back there. It looked like he was creeping him a little bit…but he looked good.”
On the cusp: A good piece of news to come out of the Canadiens’ morning practice was the progress Ryan White is making in his recovery. After a few times out skating with the rest of the team, White knows he’s close to making a return – even if it might have to wait at least one more week.
“It would have been nice to play against the Wings with them being one of the best teams in the league,” said White who will have the All-Star break to continue getting in game shape. “I know I’m not going to be able to get into that game on Wednesday night, but I’m really doing well and I’m getting closer and closer to playing every day.”
Across the room, teammate Max Pacioretty gave an idea of just what White’s return could mean for the Habs after dealing with a season plagued by so many injuries.
“He’s not just a tough guy, but he brings a ton of energy to our team and he’s a great guy in the room too,” expressed the Habs’ power forward. “He creates a ton of space for people out there and really had that ability to get the guys going. He’s the kind of guy that’ll never take a shift off all season, and that will help a lot.
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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