He may have been too much for the Canadiens, but for David Poile the goal is to have P.K. Subban continue to be P.K. Subban.
According to The Tennessean’s Adam Vingan, Poile considers Subban the biggest personality in Nashville Predators history.
“I traded for P.K. Subban, the player and the person,” said Poile in the piece by Vingan. “I could say there’s going to be things that we’re going to find out about him as a player that he can do or can’t do or other things that will come up over time, but I don’t want him to change. We want different players.”
One of the unique personalities in the game, Subban’s made a name for himself with his exciting end-to-end rushes and his sometimes over-exuberant celebrations. However, regardless of what those outside of the locker room are saying about him, Subban’s always considered himself a team player.
“With the guys that I’m with every day, that I travel with, that I play with, we’re all different,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’d like to hope that these guys respect me and I respect them. That’s really what it’s been built on. It’s all about your attitude and what you do. At the end of the day, I’ve always been team-first.”
With both the team and the player unfazed by the questions surrounding Subban’s big personality, it won’t be long before he makes his presence felt in Nashville. From a storied franchise to one still looking to make some noise in the postseason, he’s likely going to become the face of the Predators very quickly and will likely thrive under that role.
Regardless of what role he takes with the team, Poile just wants one thing – for Subban to remain himself in Predators’ gold.
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.