Former Canadien Laraque says Subban’s teammates are jealous of him

STU COWAN
MONTREAL GAZETTE

P.K. Subban insisted it wasn’t a big deal when Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty was voted by teammates as their nominee for the NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy — presented annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

“The guy deserves the award, he got it,” Subban said about Pacioretty when he met reporters for the final time this season on Monday in Brossard. “I voted for him, so I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s like wow! Really, that’s a story. I don’t know what you want me to say, but I voted for him … almost twice I voted for him.”

Canadiens players voted for Pacioretty despite the fact Subban has pledged $10 million over seven years to the Montreal Children’s Hospital and has an atrium there named after him.

 

Former Canadien Georges Laraque, who considers himself a friend of Subban’s, didn’t really believe there was a serious problem in the Habs’ locker room until the King Clancy Trophy voting was announced.

“When the King Clancy Trophy got announced the entire NHL — executives, everybody — felt, you know what, this is done. P.K.’s going to win it across the league,” Laraque said during an interview on former Canadien Chris Nilan’s Off the Cuff show on TSN Radio 690 on Tuesday afternoon.

“If I look at what P.K. did off the ice, obviously, there’s nobody that does more than what he does with his $10-million donation,” Laraque added. “And on the ice you look at what he brought in and Pacioretty brought in, I think that on the ice he brought way more leadership than Pacioretty does. Because before he was hurt he was the leading scorer on the team and he’s a defenceman.”

Laraque took Subban to Haiti with him in 2011 to spend three days meeting patients and their families at Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince after an earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 and left more than one million homeless.

Subban said on the Canadiens’ website after the trip: “I’ve never been to a poor country, I’ve never even been anywhere in the Caribbean, so this is a pretty different experience. I don’t know if it changes you, but it definitely affects you as a person.”

Laraque said he thought it was a “no-brainer” that Subban would be nominated for the King Clancy Trophy by his teammates.

“P.K.’s a great guy,” Laraque said. “I love him. But I never thought that his teammates would have this reaction towards him. I know that he’s a guy that’s excited and brings a lot of energy, but he backs it up on the ice.”

Laraque said he thinks Subban’s teammates are jealous of him.

“He makes $9 million a year,” Laraque told Nilan. “He makes all the endorsements. He is the face of the league … he’s everywhere. He’s good in front of cameras … very good with the media. 

“If you criticize the fact that he’s everywhere, that’s jealousy,” Laraque added. “Because at the end of the day, on the ice he plays 30 minutes a game. Yeah, he’s going to make some mistakes some times. Look at (Ottawa’s Erik) Karlsson … you think Karlsson does mistakes? Defensively, P.K.’s way better.”

Laraque continued: “P.K. brings way more good than bad on your team. So when you look at that, he plays physical, he’s annoying to play against, he’s a presence. He’s one of the best defencemen in the NHL, and that’s not even a debate.

“Whether he does a lot in front of cameras and he’s good and he’s funny, what’s important — and the guys the way they should look at him — is that when he plays is he a leader on the ice?”

Laraque told Nilan he wouldn’t be surprised if the Canadiens end up trading Subban.

“I’ve always said that P.K. one day is going to be traded like (Chris) Chelios and Patrick Roy was because guys that are too big in Montreal, they get traded because it’s like the organization doesn’t like that.”

You can listen to Nilan’s Off the Cuff show weekdays from 1-3 p.m. on TSN Radio 690.

(Photo: Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

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284 Comments

  1. SUMO says:

    I am writing this on the day PK got traded to Nashville. Goodbye PK, you will win a cup before any of these other pretenders.

  2. mchenske4 says:

    Pffft. I don’t put much stock into what he says. Brought in as an enforcer but needed a formal written invitation to engage with anyone

  3. Verduner says:

    Seriously folks…. take a break. Talk hockey not gossip.

  4. chinahab says:

    Why is his even news? Laraque is an old blowhard.

  5. WiseUncleMarkov says:

    The getting rid of Roy and getting rid of Subban comparisons don’t work for me. Roy won countless games on his own as Price has done. Subban could never do that. He was kept out of the lineup and now the World Championship to keep him healthy for a trade.

  6. WiseUncleMarkov says:

    Hall, Eberle and Edmonton’s top pick this year for Subban. Nothing less from Edmonton.

    • Hammer says:

      you are kidding I hope. I too like PK, but he is not worth what you are saying. Taylor Hall is a #1 centre, eberle is a scorer. If the Oilers said PK for Hall and Eberle or Hall and Nurse and I was the Habs I would seriously consider. But to think PK is also worth their first pick is a fantasy of epic proportions.

    • RUSTIE says:

      Get real.

      Joe Laplane

  7. Holditaminute says:

    If PK is traded, no matter who we get, don’t forget the EMPTY effect.
    I can’t believe how much crap PK gets by MT. Here is a player that
    puts out every game, highly skilled, is alot better than any D man on the habs and is worked like a horse for 30 minutes per game and constantly produces if not the highest points on the team close to it. So when your coach doesn’t have any respect for a player, that has to filter down to the room. Any player in the room that has a problem with PK should look at their own work ethics and commitment to the club before casting the first rock. MT is the problem not the solution.


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