P.K. Subban’s revenge has been a common theme in the NHL playoffs.
Whether he wants it that way or not, his move to the Stanley Cup Final-bound Nashville Predators is a juicy story — so much so that players around the league are chiming in.
Former NHL all-star John Scott, who retired last year, had harsh words for one of the league’s most dynamic players.
“I don’t like him. I think on the ice, he’s a piece of garbage,” Scott said on ESPN’s E:60 video documentary. “Perceived as like a hot shot, this guy thinks he’s better than everybody”
Scott and Subban were teammates at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game when the 34-year-old enforcer had his own moment in the spotlight.
He wasn’t the only player with something to say about the Predators defenceman ahead of Monday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
It’s not surprising that Phil Kessel was asked to share some thoughts on the defenceman since the two are obviously familiar with one another after going head-to-head in the Northeast-Atlantic division for five seasons.
The Pittsburgh Penguins sniper did not hold back in sharing his opinion on Subban and the fallout with Montreal.
“I know what he’s going through,” Kessel told reporters during Sunday’s Stanley Cup Final media day. “Obviously he wants to win really bad because I’d say he got the shaft in Montreal.”
It’s purely speculative, but perhaps Kessel’s comments towards the way Subban was shipped away by Montreal speak to his own experience in Toronto.
One thing is clear, the further Subban and his Predators have pushed on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the more the “who won the trade” game tilts in Nashville’s favour.
Bringing home a Stanley Cup could put that debate to rest for a while.