Will P. K. Subban trade in his Canadiens jersey for a Canadian one when the Sochi Winter Olympics claim full control of our attention next February 7th? Many have speculated that he will not.
TSN Insider Darren Dreger created a ruckus in Hab Land with an October 31st tweet suggesting Team Canada’s roster selection committee prefer puck-movers Dan Boyle and Kris Letang over the Canadiens’ star and 2013 Norris trophy winner.
If I were picking the CDN Oly team, Subban would be on it. Based on intel gathered, at this pt, he's a longshot…behind Boyle and Letang.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 31, 2013
Shortly after Dreger’s tweet created controversy and more controversy, Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien was accused of further hindering Subban’s case for a spot on the Olympic team. Back on October 31 of this season, the Habs coach was criticized for squandering an opportunity to wholeheartedly endorse his young defenceman when asked if Subban deserved a spot on Team Canada. Therrien told The Globe And Mail:
“It’s not for me to say. I’m in charge of the Montreal Canadiens”
Quote courtesy of The Globe And Mail. Read full article here.
When given another opening to promote Subban, Therrien finally put his own reputation on the line in support of his star player:
Therrien: "The way he's playing right now Subban is making a case for the Olympics. We want him to go there."
— Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) November 28, 2013
Team Canada’s options on defence are plentiful, thus, a few surprising names will be left off the squad. Subban may not make the national team, and if he doesn’t there will be backlash. However, for each person who believes a Team Canada with no P. K. Subban is a travesty there are others who can make the same argument for several top tier Canadian defencemen in the National Hockey League. The Canadians are overwhelmingly strong on the blueline – there isn’t enough roster space for everyone.
Olympic rosters must be named in full by January 7th – the original date was December 31, but that has since been postponed by the IIHF. According to this article by The Canadian Press, Team USA won’t change its scheduled roster reveal on January 1st at the Bridgestone Winter Classic in Michigan. Hockey Canada is yet to announce if it will use the time allotted by the new deadline before naming a final roster, or continue with the original plan to showcase the team on December 31.