Audio: Subban game-time decision for Habs

The Canadiens recalled defenceman P.K. Subban from Hamilton this morning. Expect him to play, even though the team wasn’t saying this morning.
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The participation tonight of Hamilton call-up P.K. Subban depends on the game-time health of ailing defenceman Jaroslav Spacek, according to Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin. But reports early this afternoon had Subban in the lineup with Sergei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche headed for the pressbox.

The Habs this morning called up Subban from the Bulldogs for tonight’s Game 6 vs. the Capitals. Subban participated in the morning skate but was not made available to the media afterwards.

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said he knew very little about Subban, but would try to find out a little this afternoon. He added that he didn’t know whether the defenceman was playing, and that even if he did, it’s unlikely his team would dramatically change their strategy.

Boudreau said if Subban did play, he expected he’d bring great energy and enthusiasm to the Canadiens lineup.

The Canadiens’ release on Subban:

596 Comments

  1. SaskieHabFan says:

    TOTALLY AGREE!

    Lets roll 4 forwards on the PP have Gio or Cam up high. Yes MAB’s shot is good, but there are other ways to score on the PP and his -8 DOES NOT HELP US!

  2. joeybarrie says:

    OK, so you understand PK is not an enforcer right??? You know he has a GRAND TOTAL of 1 hit in his 2 games this season on our team??? Also how is it possible to say if I havent noticed that the only way to snap our players out of a spiral, is something that we have NEVER tried before???? Gill has played GREAT in all the games so far.

    I don’t think you have seen any games this season. If so maybe you need to stop drinking so much while you watch them.

    BUT I AM ALSO HAPPY TO SEE HIM.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  3. wotever says:

    Thanks for coming out.  We’ll let you know if you make the team.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  4. KenD29 says:

    He certainly will be an “upgrade” on MAB and certainly will play no worse than Hamrlik has played so far this series!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  5. mrhabby says:

    anything is possible i suppose. but the molsons/organization would be treading on some very thin ice if they gave permission for clubs to speak to Boucher. i can just see the shit hit the fan from all directions…it would be  very bad management decision …likely to have a lasting effect on the team.

  6. idle says:

    Nasty.

     

    I suppose even if the Habs do win and even if P.K does play well they are not obligated to keep him up.  If they think he is better served continuing the playoff run in Hamilton then by all means send him back down.  I don’t think missing a possible second round series with Pitsburg is going to break his career.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  7. Kooch7800 says:

    MAB should be benched. I love his shot but it has not been useful in this series.  They are rushing the point every game.

    The only thing that scares me about PK is he will take risks when he is the last man back. ala spin o rama or a dangle.  There is a big jump from the AHL to the NHL in regards to speed.  He has skills but this is baptism by fire!

  8. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    touche.

  9. HabsBlogger says:

    the sad thing about that is he gets lots of PP time and no PK time.

  10. Storm Man says:

    He would not go to any of the two teams you have posted. Tampa………. That worries me.

  11. linp says:

    Agreed! We need a coach who can work and develop young prospects. JM is not the right person. His in-game adjustment is OK.

  12. nunacanadien says:

    Everyone, if Halak is in nets and we lose the season, don’t blame Halak, don’t blame no one.  This year the Habs did good in spite of being blowed up good by Gainey.  Let Gainey go, let Gauthier go too, don’t sign the sh**ty contracts over again, let the team slide down as far as it will go, God knows a team has to hit bottom before it can look up, and Gainey and Gauthier sure tried their best to make us hit bottom, for whatever reason.  Let natural justice take its course and the Molson boys will learn what it takes to run a team sooner or later, lets hope they don’t concentrate on selling only beer and Nickleback concerts and buy some English soccer team, we had a decade of that mess.  Its time we let the old habs go to bed, and wait a few years for the real Habs franchise to rise like a Phoenix out of the dust, leaving behind all the Gainey/Price fans, and instead to see real hockey fans come out who love hockey for the sake of hockey, not for the politics of ownership like we have seen with Gainey/Price!  Trade Price, he was a bad omen for the Habs, a sign of the lacklustre leadership of Gainey, who would only sign those players no one wants.

  13. nunacanadien says:

    Everyone, if Halak is in nets and we lose the season, don’t blame Halak, don’t blame no one.  This year the Habs did good in spite of being blowed up good by Gainey.  Let Gainey go, let Gauthier go too, don’t sign the sh**ty contracts over again, let the team slide down as far as it will go, God knows a team has to hit bottom before it can look up, and Gainey and Gauthier sure tried their best to make us hit bottom, for whatever reason.  Let natural justice take its course and the Molson boys will learn what it takes to run a team sooner or later, lets hope they don’t concentrate on selling only beer and Nickleback concerts and buy some English soccer team, we had a decade of that mess.  Its time we let the old habs go to bed, and wait a few years for the real Habs franchise to rise like a Phoenix out of the dust, leaving behind all the Gainey/Price fans, and instead to see real hockey fans come out who love hockey for the sake of hockey, not for the politics of ownership like we have seen with Gainey/Price!  Trade Price, he was a bad omen for the Habs, a sign of the lacklustre leadership of Gainey, who would only sign those players no one wants.

  14. wmarcello says:

    When the winning formula includes playing only 4 defensemen in the 3rd period (two of them for over 11 minutes each), you’re playing with fire. MAB and Hammer played a combined 1:18 in the 3rd last game.

  15. nick says:

    Funny eh? SK74 will do something like that… and get benched the rest of the game.

    MAB will make a no look pass directly to the opposing teams forward who will then take 3-4 shots on Price (eventually score) with no defensemen coming to the rescue… Not even MAB who initially screwed up and passed the puck to him. Don’t even get me started on Hamrlik.

  16. Habsfan_jay says:

    I think MAB will probably see 4th line and D duty, but mainly 4th line.

  17. mrhabby says:

    so do the Blue Jackets and Thrashers as reported saturday night on CBC. these teams have to ask the Canadiens permission to speak to Boucher..i am sure it would be declined. The Molsons are not that stupid.

  18. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    yeah… what happened to not messing with a winning formula? an AHL call up should never be seen as golden solution…

    well, he’s up now, so here’s hoping to him having a monster game. hopefully mcguire can’t shut up about the kid tonight.

  19. linp says:

    MAB has a team high -8 in the playoff. Enough said. A tired PK >>>> MAB.

  20. HardHabits says:

    Sit -8 MAB. DO not play him as forward. SIT MAB. SIT MAB. SIT MAB!!!!!!!

    Roll four lines if possible.

    I heard on CBC that the Oilers might be interested in Guy Boucher. If Boucher plays anywhere else I am going to get a major hate going for the Habs management. The sooner that JM is away from the players on the ice the better.

  21. habsfan0 says:

    Game will go to overtime tonight;Subban scores the winning goal,Boudreau blasts his goalie again calling him a “Stupid F—“,crowd goes nuts.

  22. DearyLeary says:

    Finally, get Bergeron off the back end for goodness sake.

  23. KenD29 says:

    Because Sergei lacks the “Passion” and “Heart”!! He did zip when he was on the ice Friday. Pouliot also saw very limited ice time Friday too. Same reason, no “Passion” and no “heart”!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  24. habsman-itoba says:

    Just wait for it!

  25. Habsfan_jay says:

    Ok, if that’s the case then I feel better.

  26. Maffu says:

    After what SK 74 did on the Ovechkin goal last game, it might very well be him that sits. During that play he litterally did not move more than 3 feet from the right faceoff dot. The caps kept circling around that side of our zone, got the shot off and Ovie snuck in to jam in the loose puck. JM sat SK most if not the rest of the game and he may pay for that mistake. He wasn’t moving as if he was on the ice for two minutes but it was around a minute he was on, he still needs to the learn what it takes.

  27. wmarcello says:

    To me it probably means Spacek is still sick. Hammer will probably still play, and PK could very well bump MAB to the 4th line.

  28. KenD29 says:

    IT will allow them to rotate 5 D in the 3rd period if need be, unlike Friday night where Gill, Gorges, Markov and O Byrne played while Hamrlik and MAB sat on the bench!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  29. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    Yes! PG decides to force JM’s hand, had to get MAB outta there, he has been completely ineffective. PK will be bouncing off the walls with engery which will certainly translate to the rest of the team. He can play a useful 7-10 minutes no problem!

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    To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.

  30. nunacanadien says:

    Because, if you haven’t noticed the only way we can snap our veteran mighty midgets out of a spiral is if we bring in youngbloods like Subban to hit back, play fast and rough, as we sure don’t have any enforcers on our team.  Sure Gill showed up for Game 1, and Gorges is trying hard, but honestly, when your biggest guy can’t enforce, when your mercernary hit man Moen can’t hit for trying, when the mighty midgets get splattered against the boards time and again, and Markov and Spacek are firing blanks……you call in the Bulldog Calvary!  Hooray for Subban!

  31. nunacanadien says:

    Because, if you haven’t noticed the only way we can snap our veteran might midgets out of a spiral is if we bring in youngbloods like Subban to hit back, play fast and rough, as we sure don’t have any enforcers on our team.  Sure Gill showed up for Game 1, and Gorges is trying hard, but honestly, when your biggest guy can’t enforce, when your mercernary hit man Moen can’t hit for trying, when the mighty midgets get splattered against the boards time and again, and Markov and Spacek are firing blanks……you call in the Bulldog Calvary!  Hooray for Subban!

  32. wmarcello says:

    I believe he and Spacek both missed the last morning skate. Gomez still played.

  33. nick says:

    I’ll be excited when they say MAB is sitting and having Subban as his replacement.

  34. Corio says:

    Gomez is probably having a SPA day, pedicure the whole nine yards.

  35. MathMan says:

    Uh oh.

    I like PK as much as the next guy, but throwing a guy with 2 games of NHL experience in a must-win playoff game is pure desperation gesture. I’m afraid it means one of the D-men (probably Hamrlik) is too injured to play.

    I don’t think this is good news, folks.

  36. Iceberg84 says:

    Hamrlik in the brain.

  37. jimhasbeen says:

    so sergei sits and mab goes to the 4th line.  

    there’s no way jacques would sit a homeboy.

    i really miss the sergei of 2008

  38. Habsfan_jay says:

    According to Stubs, Gomez isn’t at the morning state. Is this normal, or should we be worried?

  39. wotever says:

    Everybody has to have ZERO NHL playoff experience at some point.  I’d be happier if he had more than 2 NHL games however.

    In my mind this only makes sense if someone important is injured and they’re not telling us.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  40. habsman-itoba says:

    Maybe we’re just excited because he’s not MAB?  That is worth breathing a sigh of relief.

  41. nick says:

    If he replaces MAB, I have no problem with the move. However I do not believe that will be the case.  JM seems to hold him almost as high in praise as those from L’Antichambre.

  42. KenD29 says:

    Thanks for your “optimism”!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  43. habbynessisyellingohabsgo says:

    I called this a few days ago!!! Look out here comes subbie doobie doo!!!

  44. wmarcello says:

    Myself for one I’m not expecting a miracle from PK by any means. I just hope he
    turns out to be a valuable 5th D-man. I really didn’t have much faith in
    the Habs winning another game with BOTH Hammer and MAB as regular
    D-men.

    More than anything though, I’m just excited the Habs will
    now at the very, very least go out with a bang. There will definitely be
    no wondering “what if” now concerning PK. That would have eaten away at
    me forever if they were to lose without even giving Subban a shot.

  45. Kooch7800 says:

    Interesting….who is hurt (other than Spacek)?

    Major negative to be aware of, PK played in a game with the Dogs yesterday that went to OT.  He may be tired so keep that in mind if he struggles

  46. idle says:

    I’ll take it a step further and say I hope people can calm down a bit on P.K overall.  Instead of getting too carried away too fast over another great looking prospect, lets back up a little and give him the proper chance to develop.  Otherwise 3 years from now we can look forward to none stop P.K arguments like we have non stop Price arguments now.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  47. wotever says:

    Oh dear god, please, no one wear blackface.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  48. Habs64 says:

    Habs lose 8-2

     

    PK -5

  49. nick says:

    So this kid who’s played 2 games with the big boys is coming up, and everyone is breathing a sigh of relief?

    From the comments here one might think Ovechkin decided to wear a Habs jesery tonight instead… The kid is great, but am I the only one here who thinks this might not be the best place to learn how to play with the big boys?

  50. wotever says:

    Devil’s Advocate:  He gets hurt, we lose this game, or we win this game and keep him up, get swept four straight against pittsburgh, the Hamilton Bulldogs ie his teammates lose their chance at a Calder Cup, he and they and Boucher resents habs coaching and mgmt and demands a trade.  (Dogs and cats, living in sin…)

    🙂

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

     

  51. joeybarrie says:

    As much as I think this is a mistake, I am very happy to see him play again.

    Why in the world would we have a young kid come up after playing LAST NIGHT??? I know he is good, and we need another body, but I’m not sure this is a great move. What happens if he gets injured against a BIG and ROUGH Caps team? Especially trying to prove he belongs here next season. This could very well backfire, as he has ZERO NHL playoff experience, and really hurt his chances at a Calder Cup.

    BRIGHT SIDE:  The Caps have probably never seen this kid play. Wont know what to expect. So if we end up winning this game and taking it to game seven, I think the risk was worth it. But I am thinking selfishly, as I really, really want to beat the Caps. Also, I guess under any circumstances we are to do what we can in order to win, regardless of the situation… So maybe I should leave it alone… GO PK, get us into game 7.

    And the poster who replied to a previous comment of mine saying similar stuff about I wasnt sure if an AHLer who played yesterday and has ZERO NHL playoff experience would be the difference between winning and losing. I REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPE YOU ARE RIGHT and I can yell in here again tomorrow about being wrong myself……….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  52. Jordio-oh says:

    1) This will only help our team.

    2) However, I hope everyone can learn to curb their enthusiasm for a minute to remind themselves that a 20 yeard old kid, who played last night, won’t be our saviour or our answer to all of our problems. Despite everyone’s soobie-love, this is still arguably a minor line-up adjustment. It was mentioned before how we obsess over who’s on the 3rd and 4th line, as if it will make a big difference in the grand scheme. Subban is an obvious improvement over MAB and will do well for us if spatch can’t go, but he’s not going to be a game changer, he just isn’t. I hope i didn’t break any hearts.

    with that said, I’m still excited and interested to see what happens.

  53. Andrew Sharpe says:

    YES…PUMPT!

  54. pmaraw says:

    i just took a carp in my pnats

  55. idle says:

    This move makes sense.  With the Bulldogs not playing again until Thursday it’s a chance to get Subban a taste of playoff hockey in the big league, which even if it only ends up being 1 game, will hopefully help him for next season if he is with the team and they manage to hit the playoffs again.  Especially with this being a possible elimination game on home ice with the pressure of a long losing streak looming.

    If the Habs lose, he goes back to the Calder cup run.  If the team wins and goes to game 7 then I guess he is missing at least one game in Hamilton…

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  56. HFX-HabFan says:

    Now John Carlson is going to be disappointed that McGuire won’t be gushing over him as the “kid who’s gonna be a great defenseman in this league for a long time”.

  57. likehoy says:

    millions of fans are —–ting themselves now,.

    – Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  58. Mike says:

    We need HAmmerlik to play a strong defensive game to support and protect PK.

  59. budachris says:

    PKPKPKPKPKPKPK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

    even if this is the end of the line tonight at least there going out fighting, but nonetheless

     

    I BELIEVE!!!!!

  60. HabsBlogger says:

    I think JM now comes to HIO to make his coaching decisions. “shit they don’t think MAB is good, they are right ill bench him in the 3rd”, “they want PK… might as well call him up”.


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