Anytime P.K. Subban has joined an NHL team, he's always been an 'all-in' kind of guy.
On Sunday, just over 24 hours after being traded to the New Jersey Devils from the Nashville Predators, Subban met with the media on a conference call and was just that, 'all-in'. His excitement was palpable as he spoke about his newest opportunity as he prepares to enter his 11th professional season.
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"I'm coming to win, I'm not coming for participation," Subban said. "I want a Stanley Cup."
Subban hinted that New Jersey may just be the place to finally get the job done.
Currently, on the West Coast in California, Subban spent the better part of Saturday familiarizing himself with the Devils roster, a crash-course in what General Manager Ray Shero and his management team have been building over the last few years.
It's a roster with a healthy mix of young talent and veterans. A roster that had a seismic transformation over the NHL Draft weekend.
Not only did Friday's addition of first overall selection Jack Hughes stand out, but Subban identified a young core of players that includes Nico Hischier up-front.
"Adding a player like Jack Hughes, a lot of teams in the NHL would dream of that talent… That's what excites me the most is the amount of young talent in New Jersey," he said.
"My job, a guy with experience, is to come in and compliment those players and help Coach build a championship team. For me, that's all I look forward to doing."
And while Subban may have to introduce himself to Hughes and Hischier when he walks into the Devils locker room for the first time, he'll have at least one familiar face already in the fold to welcome him.
Both Toronto-natives, Subban played briefly alongside New Jersey Devil Taylor Hall for Team Canada at the World Championship, and know each other well. Right off the hop, Subban expressed his excitement in joining Hall as a teammate with New Jersey.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, he's had an amazing hockey career," Subban said. "He's in a situation with New Jersey and has flourished into a premier player in the league. And him being a guy that lives in Toronto, we played against each other [in the OHL] and played with a lot of the same players. Just very, very excited to want to play with great players and New Jersey has a lot of them. He's definitely one of the go-to guys."
The excitement was certainly reciprocated as the two exchanged tweets on Saturday for all to see.
Soon, they'll hit the ice in the same NHL jersey competing for the ultimate goal and playing for the same head coach.
Subban and Devils head coach John Hynes briefly spoke on Saturday after the trade was made and he was instantly impressed with his new head coach.
"He has an understanding, a great understanding in his mind of how he sees the game, how he coaches," he said. "Just a very, very smart hockey individual and a great person. That was really easy to see in our conversation. With coaches, I always take the approach that when I go into a new city and situation it's my job to earn the coaches trust and I'm looking at this as a fresh start, playing for someone with a young team that has moved it in the right direction."
And if you're wondering what other connections Subban has to New Jersey, look no further than two of his previous teammates while with Montreal. Subban pointed to Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez as two players.
"I played with Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez, a lot of the teaching points that I learned when I started my career in Montreal were always referred back to guys like Ken Daneyko and Scott Stevens, Marty Brodeur and the way they conducted themselves and went about it […] in terms of that old school mentality and how you approach the game and your mindset, the respect for the game all of those things that I've learned."
Subban did admit his personality may be different than those names of New Jersey greats, the lessons are still the same. But, Subban's personality and zest for life were also one of the reasons Shero zeroed in on acquiring the Norris winning defenseman.
"There's nothing wrong with that," Shero said. "P.K. Subban is a great kid, and he's got enthusiasm. Personality, enthusiasm, I call it enthusiasm, I guess. And I like that. And I think freshness is good.
"Adding talent is one thing," Shero continued, "but the whole idea of P.K.'s enthusiasm for the game and life, I think that's a real positive for us, and I think it's a real positive for the NHL."