PITTSBURGH -- The stage on which P.K. Subban sat Sunday during 2017 Stanley Cup Final Media Day was just six inches off the floor. And yet, it was by far the grandest stage the charismatic Nashville Predators defenseman has been on through 500 regular-season NHL games and 71 more in the postseason.
Having held court for about 15 minutes with a huge crowd of reporters at PPG Paints Arena, Subban decided to take an NHL Network microphone in hand and go for a stroll, the press corps trailing after him.
He stopped first in front of his captain, Mike Fisher, who was seated one place to his right, and with a grin Subban interrupted the interview in progress, happily unclear on media-scrum etiquette.
"Mike," he said, "how does it feel to be the best-looking player on the Nashville Predators and probably in the League?"
Fisher didn't miss a beat.
"Says who?" he said. "Says you, or my wife?"
"Well, your wife says that but I definitely think you're one of the best-looking guys in the League," Subban said, before spinning into observations about Fisher's beard and blue eyes.
Fisher's wife, country music superstar Carrie Underwood, joined the conversation shortly afterward on her Twitter account.
"Says who? Uh... your wife, for one!" Underwood tweeted with a gaggle of love-you emojis, retweeting an NHL clip of Subban having gone rogue as a reporter.
Video: Subban stops own interview to question Fisher, Ellis
There has never been a camera or microphone Subban hasn't liked. Indeed, he was the popular host of the NHL's social lounge at the League's 2015 awards gala in Las Vegas, interviewing players and commenting on social-media trends, this coming a year after his red-carpet awards-show interview gig.
Subban spun away from Fisher after less than a minute, then strode across the floor to grill forward Vernon Fiddler. He would finish his reporting duties with defenseman Ryan Ellis before floating off to the NHL Network stage to join Tony Luftman, Kevin Weekes and Mike Rupp for a chat, the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy serving as a backdrop.
If you thought Subban was again a larger-than-life character on media day, so too did at least one teammate.
"I've played with some pretty big personalities," Ellis said, "but that's probably the biggest for sure."