Coach's Corner: Grapes tells Subban to 'smarten up'
Count Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry among a group that feels Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban is too arrogant for his own good.
During his Coach's Corner segment on Saturday night, Cherry agreed with comments made earlier this week by Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards, who said the 21-year-old rookie does too much talking to opposing players.
"He started this nonsense when he was in Hamilton [of the AHL]," said the colourful Cherry. "There's a difference of being cocky — and I love cocky guys — than being disrespectful. He doesn't have to play like this.
"And you know what's a funny thing? It only happens after a whistle. I think he will smarten up. He better smarten up because someone is going to get him. It's too bad because he's a good little hockey player."
Subban's penchant for irritating veteran players with his constant chirping was brought to light following Montreal's 3-0 victory over the Flyers Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
Richards called out Subban, suggesting he hasn't earned the respect of veteran players by trying to show them up.
"It's just frustrating to see a guy like that come in here and so much as think that he's better than a lot of people," Richards told Montreal radio station Team 990.
Grapes first pointed out Subban's overzealous nature during the Eastern Conference semifinal last season against Pittsburgh, when the Habs' rookie was seen talking trash to Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
"I've watched him since he's 14," he said at the time. "Somebody is going to get this guy and if he has a big mouth like that, he's going to get hurt."