P.K. Subban and Mark Messier clash over “cheap hit” on Saturday.

P.K. Subban and Mark Messier clash over “cheap hit” on Saturday.

Whose side are you on?

Jonathan Larivee

ESPN has brought in two retired players from two very different eras of the National Hockey League and perhaps for that reason their disagreement on Saturday should have come as no surprise.

On Saturday, during a game between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals, Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren was injured after a big hit from Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, a hit that Rangers coach Gerard Gallant would describe as a "cheap hit" following the conclusion of the game. Regardless of what you may think of the hit, it would knock Lindgren out of the game and there were even reports that he was spotted in a sling after the game.

Here's a look at the hit causing all the controversy:

When former NHL forward Mark Messier and former NHL defenseman P.K. Subban were asked to share their thoughts on the issue you may have expected to see a little bias from Messier, who is considered by many to be the greatest captain in the history of the Rangers franchise. Surprisingly though, Messier put the onus for the injury on Lindgren, arguing that the Rangers defenseman should have done a better job of protecting himself.

The opinion was enough to leave Subban shaking his head in disgust live on air as Messier shared his thoughts on the hit, something a sharp eyed fan was quick to capture and share in the short clip below:

Whose are you siding with on this one? Subban or Messier? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.