New York Rangers’ Sammy Blais was P.K. Subban’s latest victim and unfortunately for the forward, he was badly injured and will be out for the remainder of the season.
All thanks to the New Jersey Devils defenseman, Blais is out six-to-eight months with a serious ACL injury. The Rangers’ player was hit by what could be called a slew foot from Subban - yes another one - and went down awkwardly. He could be heard yelling in pain on the ice.
This is not the first time this season Subban has been caught using this dangerous move on opponents. Monday night’s play on Blais was very close to the same play that took place in a preseason game back in October. In that incident, Subban slew-footed enforcer Ryan Reaves.
Then, Subban pulled the same move on Milan Lucic of the Calgary Flames, and Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks. The league fined Subban $5,000 for the Lucic slew-foot. When he did the same to Zegras, George Parros opted to hand out another fine, this time for $15,000. Basically pocket of change for the defenseman making $9M per year.
However, Subban attempted to explain to fans why he has a bad habit to give slew foots… And he told no one but disgraced referee Tim Peel, who lost his job back in March after the infamous hot mic incident. After then-Predators Viktor Arvidsson was called for tripping Jon Merrill, Peel was heard on the FOX broadcast saying, “It wasn’t much, but I wanted to get a fuckin’ penalty against Nashville early in the …” before the audio cut out.
Since he left the NHL, Peel has gotten back social media, which is where he defended Subban, who told him why he give dangerous slew-foot during games.
“I can unequivocally say that PK Subban is not a dirty player. I talked to PK and he told me this is just a bad habit that has crept into his game. I refereed him and I know him personally and I can guarantee he is not trying to intentionally hurt any player.”
A bad habit? One that has taken a promising young player out of the game. Come on, PK!
Even Zegras called him out, urging him to stop slew footing opponents in the latest Cam and Strick podcast: