According to the NHL’s definition, PK Subban may not be a repeat offender, but if the Devils defenseman committed the same dangerous violation on four separate occasions in less than two months, what would he be?
Once again, there was no word from the NHL Division of Player Safety on Monday about Subban Sammy Blaise skipping the skate in the third period and beating the Rangers winger from Sunday night’s game. Corner of the Devil’s Zone at Madison Square Garden.
At their second pre-season meeting on October 6, Subban had already drawn the ire of the Rangers, when he flashed his feet to Ryan Reeves in a similar battle in the defenseman’s corner. Although the Rangers only missed the pre-season finale against the Reeves Islanders, Subban had no consequences.
“A lot like Reeves I saw,” head coach Gerard Gallant said of the clash with Subban Blaze on Sunday night.
So the Slave Footing continued into the regular season. Subban has already been fined twice this season over an eight-day period for what George Parros and the rest of the player’s safety consider “dangerous” trips. Although the Rangers are not expecting much support from Paros, who has been called “unfit” to continue in his current role in a scathing statement following a lack of discipline following the infamous Tom Wilson incident last season. In it, the Capitals’ headhunter twice struck Artemi Panarin from the body and sucker-punched Pavel Buchnevich.
The first Subban incident resulted in a $ 5,000 slap on the wrist, after which the defenseman clearly extended his left leg to kill Milan Lucic on October 26, causing the Flames to fall into the ice and bend his knee in the wrong direction. . After three games against the Ducks, Subban lifted his knee to the Anaheim Center and put down Trevor Zegras in the corner. It cost Subban $ 15,000 – or about 0.17 percent of his $ 9 million salary.
Subban and the Devils will not return to the Garden until March 4, but the Rangers want to turn that date around in the calendar – because Subban is now a repeat offender against the Rangers.
If he thinks Blaze will lose some time, Gallant will have to reset his team again. In some positive injury news, Philippe Chaital is nearing his return from injury reserve and may be available Tuesday against the Canadiens.
Blaze needs to be replaced on the right side of the top row. Gallant can choose to go with someone who has already seen time in the first row with Alexis Lafreniere or Barclay Goodro, with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Crider, or try a new combination.
When Chaital was out, Goodro stepped into the central role of the third line between Lafreniere and Julian Gauthier after joining the Rangers and playing separately on the wing. However, Gallant suggested that Goodrow would return to the wing when Chaital returned.
“He can play and I’m happy with him anywhere,” Gallant said of Goodrow. “He’s doing a good job there. He’s tough. He’s played a bit of that position in his career, so I don’t have any problems.
Center Greg McKegg was returned to AHL Hartford on Monday, perhaps to make room for Chaital, so if the Blaze landed on IR, the Rangers could call him back. Another option is to recall the Morgan Baron from the Wolf Pack, which Gallant says is comfortable using the Cornell product on both the center and wing.
His 9-3-3 record did not reflect that, although the Rangers were unable to establish any continuity with the team.