P.K. Subban called it a career on Tuesday. At just 33 years, the former star defenseman announced his retirement.
Fans were still waiting to see where he would sign, however, with just a few days to go ahead of training camp, Subban remained unsigned, and it was reported by Patrick Lortie that he would have only accepted an offer from the Toronto Maple Leafs or a chance to return with the Montreal Canadiens.
When the doors got closed, he took the decision to hang up the skates, however, Lortie reports that Subban was hoping to be able to choose where he wanted to finish his career.
But it sounds like back issues have gotten in the way: “He knew the back issues were going to prevent him from being the P.K. of old…”
Subban was coming off the massive eight-year, $72-million contract he signed with the Montreal Canadiens back in 2014 before a monster trade sent him to the Nashville Predators in 2016 for Shea Weber. He was never the same after the deal. With the Devils in 2019-20, Subban wasn’t the offensive blue liner fans knew him to be, putting up 18 points in 68 games of the COVID-shortened season. He sort of bounced back the following season, putting up 19 points in 44 games, and last year, he had 22 points in 77 games.
The back issues could explain his downfall…
For now, he will focus on a new endeavour : last week, it was announced that the NHL will produce a new show with PK Subban called “PK’s Places,” the hockey version of the NFL’s “Peyton’s Places,” league CMO Scott Mayer said on 32 Thoughts Podcast. The news pointed out that production begins this fall, regardless of Subban’s playing status, and is expected to hit the air in May 2024.
More details were provided by NHL News on what the show is about: “Peyton’s Places” is a show on Hulu where former NFL star Peyton Manning “interviews former NFL players, coaches and other key figures about football history and its cultural impact.”
Let’s all wish him luck in his new career.