Martin sets the record straight on Subban

It was a long time coming, but we finally have some credible insight into how Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban is perceived inside the Montreal dressing room.

Since his arrival in Montreal in 2009, there have been unconfirmed rumblings from anonymous sources that Subban’s attitude rubbed his veteran teammates the wrong way.  Circumstantial evidence has long suggested there’s something to the rumours, whether it was then-defence partner Hal Gill calling Subban an a-hole in front of reporters last season, or Tomas Plekanec getting into a fight with Subban at practice earlier this month.

Appearing last night in the RDS gabfest l’Antichambre, an uncharacteristically candid Jacques Martin painted Subban as a selfish know-it-all with a lot of growing up to do.  The normally circumspect former coach said that Subban frustrated him as a player and got on the nerves of his teammates, who openly wondered whether P.K. was playing for P.K. or for the team.

It was a scathing indictment from an unimpeachable source.  Based on Martin’s personality, this wasn’t a former coach with an axe to grind throwing a player under the bus as much as it was an honest assessment from a respected figure with no reason to mince words.  It’s also a wake-up call not only for Subban, but for everyone who believed until now that his antics are harmless shenanigans that only stir up resentment on the opposing bench.

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