P.K. Subban benched during third period of Wednesday's game vs. Flyers

Jan 8, 10:03 PM

Fresh off his selection to the Canadian Olympic team, P.K. Subban found himself stapled to the bench during the third period of Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Subban took a roughing penalty at the end of the second period, apparently much to the chagrin of head coach Michel Therrien.

Montreal Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs offered his opinion on the developing situation as the game was being played in Philadelphia.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Subban will be seeking $8-9 million a year on his next contract

Montreal went on to lose the game 3-1; Subban registered 22:24 of ice time, down from his average of 25:16.

Jan 10, 5:02 PM

Therrien: P.K. Subban 'understands' decision to bench him vs. Flyers

Jan 10, 5:02 PM

The Montreal Canadiens convened for practice on Friday in advance of their next game against the Chicago Blackhawks, and head coach Michel Therrien dismissed the notion that he and reigning-Norris Trophy winning defenseman P.K. Subban aren't on the same page.

"I've got a great relationship with P.K.," Therrien told reporters after benching Subban for a large portion of Wednesday's loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. "We communicate a lot. And he understands our decision (to bench him) and totally agrees."

As for Subban, his response was understandably diplomatic. 

(Therrien's) the coach and at the end of the day he's got to make decisions in the best interests of the team. Right now we've got the best team in the world coming into our building on Saturday so that's where my focus is. 

(via TSN.ca)

Subban currently leads the Canadiens in scoring with seven goals and 26 assists in 45 games this season.

Jan 8, 10:44 PM

Therrien on Subban benching: Team concept will 'never, never, never change'

Jan 8, 10:44 PM

Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien addressed the fact that reigning Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban sat on the bench for an extended period of time during Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. 

First, he cited Subban's penalty at the end of the second period.

He then reiterated the need for a "team first" mentality.

Message sent, coach.