The NHL announced late Saturday morning it was fining Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban $2,500 for his trip of Penguins forward Kris Kunitz in the third period of the Habs game in Pittsburgh Friday night.
There was no penalty assessed on the play but the Department of Player Safety, which monitors all games, decided Subban’s slewfoot of Kunitz was worthy of the fine.
Here’s the incident:
Subban has never been suspended or fined by the NHL prior to this episode.
On the blog A Winning Habit, Lisa Fiorilli wrote early Saturday morning, “I’m a P.K Subban fan. I love his energy, his skills and think he (has) great potential. But sometimes, Subban loses his composure and makes completely ridiculous plays. Most of the time, it can be chalked up to youth, or being played half the game, or some other variant on that. But slew footing is becoming a part of his game that I’m definitely not a fan of. He did it to Brandon Dubinsky. He’s done it a few other times as well, James Neal comes to mind here. And again tonight, he slew footed Chris Kunitz. I imagine he will get a call from Shanahan, as this one is pretty blatant. If he doesn’t smarten up, he’s going to be a marked man, both with other teams and by the refs. This play is all kinds of dirty, and the fact that he has a newfound habit of turtling when faced with tougher players is getting to be a tired act. He’s a smart, good kid. He doesn’t need to slew foot guys all over the ice.”