Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban had gotten used to being under the microscope after spending the first seven years of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens. Now, three weeks after being traded to the Predators, Subban sounds as if he won't miss some of the scrutiny he experienced on a daily basis in Montreal and is looking forward to being more focused with his new team.
"I think there's just less distractions," Subban told The Tennesseean when asked about playing in Nashville. "I think in Montreal, things can become distractions for a team, and for us, I think that here, there's going to be less distractions for sure."
Subban, acquired by the Predators from the Canadiens for defenseman Shea Weber on June 29, has been embraced by Nashville, and has responded in kind, even going so far as to sing Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues"on stage at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a popular downtown nightspot.
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"I think his personality's very outgoing, a very personable guy, but I think he's genuine in that," Predators center Mike Fisher told the newspaper. "He's definitely different than Shea in that respect, but I think he's going to fit in great.
"I think we've got a good group of guys that he's going to fit in really good with. That's the least of our worries. I think he's a good person. We're all excited."
So is Predators general manager David Poile, who sounds as if he would like Subban just to be himself.
"I guess sometimes ... you want everybody to sort of march to the same beat," Poile told the newspaper. "We don't want that. We can't win with 20 players that are exactly the same, either skill-wise or personality-wise. I want different types of players and I want different personalities.
"I traded for P.K. Subban, the player and the person. I could say there's going to be things that we're going to find out about him as a player that he can or can't do or other things that will come up over time, but I don't want him to change. We want different players."