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Authentic Hockey P.K. Subban Jersey Discount Canada

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As soon as the Penguins won the Stanley Cup Sunday night on the back of a garbage fluke of a goal from Patric Hornqvist, I knew it was only a matter of time before the made-in-Quebec P.K. hating roared back into action.

Sadly, I was right.

Social media was an ugly place to be Monday for people like me who are P.K. Subban fans and think that Marc Bergevin made a huge mistake shipping the Norris Trophy-winning defenceman to Nashville last year in return for Shea Weber.

On Sunday night, I tweeted to say the hating was about to begin and it elicited this response:
Right back at you in reverse. People like you turned us against Subban.

Then someone else responded to my original tweet about the hating, tweeting that the hating was “Music to my ears!”

Yet another Subban hater popped up to opine that “I trash Subban on here so much just to counter the fake (Habs) fans who sh*t on Weber and the rest of the organization.”

There was also no shortage of Subban bashing on Facebook.

Like Mike Herman, who posted this on top of a photo of Sidney Crosby with the Stanley Cup: “Thank Mr. Subban for this one. In that never-ending quest to be the centre of attention he poked and agitated a bear named Sid who dominated sending Smashville home in tears. His act will wear thin soon enough there (too).”

That, of course, was a reference to the trash talking between Subban and Crosby, who’d been in close quarters on the ice for much of the series. P.K. claimed Sid had told Subban he had bad breath and Subban responded that he’d taken his Listerine as usual that day. The anti-Subban narrative suggests he “poked the bear” and that Crosby suddenly came to life. Of course the problem is it’s not true. Crosby had a great playoff run from start to finish and ended up with 27 points in 24 games. He didn’t win the Conn Smythe just because he picked up in the last three games of the Final!

On TSN 690 Monday afternoon, host and former Habs player Chris Nilan and columnist and former Habs player Sergio Momesso were knocking Subban for making so much noise off-ice. And I don’t even need to watch L’Antichambre on RDS and Dave Morissette’s show on TVA Sports this week to know they’ll be kicking Subban in the head — for the very good reason that they’ve been consistently doing that ever since P.K. first donned a Habs sweater in 2010.

So why are the haters so full of hatred? Excellent question. For some reason, the folks who thought Bergevin was smart to trade Subban for Weber are incredibly intolerant of any discussion on the matter and it drove them crazy that thousands of Montrealers continued to be Subban fans even though he was playing in Tennessee. The Shea crowd was shouting almost from day one that the debate had to be closed, that we had to “get over it” and Bergevin, naturally enough, supported this discourse, quickly saying he would no longer be taking questions on the trade.

The pro-Shea/pro-Bergevin types keep saying that we are not “real” Canadiens fans because we still like Subban and were cheering for the Predators in the playoffs. It’s true that many of the Subban fans are indeed hyper critical of current Montreal Canadiens management. I confess. I may have launched one or two arrows in M. Bergevin’s direction.

But it only makes sense. If you think the trade was a huge misstep for Montreal, chances are you’re not thinking Bergevin is an ace GM. And that’s part of the roots of the hating. The anti-P.K. brigade don’t like the Subban love-in because it is something of a resistance movement against the Bergevin regime. Yes we wanted Subban to win the Cup in part to make it even more obvious that the Habs GM had made a big mistake. But that’s okay. We don’t need the Cup to prove that thesis.

With the exception of the Montreal media haters, there was widespread agreement in the hockey media elsewhere that Subban was having a monster playoff. He was on the ice against the top lines of Chicago, St. Louis, Anaheim and Pittsburgh and with the exception of the game last Thursday, he mostly shut them right down. Predators coach Peter Laviolette was playing him more than any other Preds skaters most nights and he wasn’t doing that because P.K. had the best smile on the team. He was one of the best players in these playoffs.

So why the hatred? Partly it’s because to love Subban is to have issues with the way the Habs are run. But it’s bigger and uglier than that. Bergevin and former coach Michel Therrien constructed a narrative that day-in and day-out subtly and sometimes not so subtly insinuated Subban was a cancer in the room. It’s unprecedented for management to treat a star player like that.

And a large portion of the Habs fan base bought into that nasty storyline. And now they’re happy to kick him when he’s down. Classy.

And is it even uglier than that? Does race have something to do with the hatred? I hope not. But it’s lurking there in the background. I had a couple of friends who went down to see a Habs game in Boston during that epic Bruins series in 2014 and they heard cheap jerseys China a lot of racist comments outside the rink.

I mean the National Hockey League is a very white league and Subban is one of the few black stars, so it is an odd coincidence that he is one of the few players who’s booed in every rink he plays in. Was race part of the reason he was in a perpetual conflict with Canadiens management? I don’t really think so. I think it was a cultural clash between conservative managers who didn’t know how to deal with a 21st-century player with a big ego.

But I do think all of the Habs “fans” gleefully hating on Subban in the wake of the Preds loss should maybe think about the optics of their Subban trashing. At best, it ain’t pretty.

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Marc Bergevin is no dummy. The Canadiens general manager knows he was damned if you do and damned if you don’t when it came to signing franchise goaltender Carey Price to a mega contract extension this weekend.

Sign Price to an eight-year, $84 million extension a full year before he reaches unrestricted free agency and critics howl that the Canadiens are spending far too much of their salary cap space, roughly 14 percent to start, on a goalie, and everyone knows through recent history that the highest-paid goaltenders, or even the best netminders, do not win Stanley Cups, the best teams do.

However, if Bergevin failed to lock up Price, the face of the storied franchise and the team’s best player by far, then, in the words of NHL Network Radio host Rob Simpson on Monday’s Stellick and Simmer Show, “They’d be rioting in the streets of Montreal, burning cars on every corner.”

Such was Bergevin’s choice, though there was no debate in the GM’s mind which path he would choose.

“Nobody has a goaltender like Carey Price in the league,” Bergevin told reporters on Sunday. “Goalies are not important until you don’t have one. … It’s a position that’s really hard to find, and we have in my opinion, our opinion, one of the best in the business, so I’m going to keep him and make sure he’s here for the rest of his career.”

Price has a lifetime 2.40 goals-against average in 509 regular season appearances, though he’s been below that number each of the last four seasons as he entered his prime. Just three seasons ago he ran the table by winning the Vezina Trophy, Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, leading the league with 44 wins while posting a 1.96 GAA and .933 save percentage. He was again a Vezina finalist this year, ranking fifth with 37 victories, sixth with a 2.23 GAA and tied for seventh with a .923 save percentage.

Along with his impressive resume in Montreal, Price led Canada to gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2007 World Junior Championships, as well as the 2016 World Cup of Hockey title. In those three pressure-filled tournaments, Price posted a 16-0 record, five shutouts and allowed only 17 goals in 16 appearances.

However, Price has yet to lead the Canadiens to even one Stanley Cup Final, much less a Cup championship. There was the run to the 2014 Eastern Conference finals, cut short for him when Rangers’ forward Chris cheap nhl jerseys Kreider barreled into Price in Game 1 and knocked him out of the playoffs. This past spring he fashioned a 1.86 GAA, but his Canadiens were not good enough to get out of the first round, ousted in six games by the Rangers.

Therein lies the rub of signing Price, a world-class goaltender, to such a large contract, eating up so much cap space. Despite his brilliance, Price has been unable to get good — not great — teams over the hump, so far. And he’s far from the only high-paid, upper-echelon goalie to fall into this category.

Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers, who used to be the league’s highest-paid goalie until Price inked his extension, also has amazing NHL and international credits, including a Vezina Trophy and Olympic Gold Medal. Yet despite three trips to the Eastern Conference finals since 2012, and an appearance in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, Lundqvist and the Rangers have not won a Stanley Cup. Many argue that New York is anchored now by his long-term $8.5 million per year contract, especially with the 35-year-old Lundqvist showing a downturn in his game the past year.
In fact, the six highest-paid goalies in the NHL have only one Stanley Cup amongst them — and Tuukka Rask earned that in 2011 as a backup to Tim Thomas with the Bruins. That group, consisting of Price, Lundqvist, Sergei Bobrovsky, Pekka Rinne, Rask and Braden Holtby, won each of the last six Vezinas, however, with zero Cups in that same span.

Yet, Bergevin could not say no to Price, and it is hard to argue with his decision, even as he understands the challenges that lie ahead.

“Giving one player a big amount makes things a little more difficult,” Bergevin admitted Sunday after announcing the deal. “But that’s part of my job to manage that. In an ideal world, we would have given him less, but that’s just part of the negotiation process.”