You hate him because he’s brash.
You hate him because he’s obnoxious.
You might even hate him just because he plays for Montreal.
But what you cannot deny is that PK Subban is one of the best young defensemen in the NHL…and over the weekend he was given a 8 year – 72 million dollar contract to remain in Montreal with the Habs…and he deserves every penny of it.
We can all complain about what pro athletes get paid and I’m sure there are a few of you yelling right now saying no athlete deserves that kind of money.
Subban gets his payday because as the Smith Barney ad used to say…he’s EARNED it. He is Montreal’s best defender by a country mile and arguably the best player on the team with the exception of Carey Price.
Subban was voted the NHL’s best defenceman two seasons ago and is just 25. He does everything well…skate, shoot, hit, fight, menace, and the scary part is he is still learning.
Hockey fans want to hate Subban for everything he stands for. He’s too extroverted on the ice, he brings to much attention upon himself…he is not a team guy. These are all fabrications.
Subban has what we call in this business a personality, and he can back it up by playing spectacularly…and it isn’t bragging if you can back it up.
And if you think that there is a general hatred in the league for Subban, there probably is
But there is also a grudging respect as well and 29 other teams that would happily sign Subban to the term and the money that he received.
Respect isn’t given, it’s earned, and PK Subban has been paid with interest.