Devils’ PK Subban should be remembered for his legacy off the ice

That’s what the spirit of 76 means, and this – more than his bizarre ruthlessness on the ice – is something to remember about PK Subban as his days as a devil may be coming to an end:

That’s the defense attorney’s pledge that his eponymous foundation will match donations of up to $100,000 to Montreal Children’s Hospital for soon-to-arrive young Ukrainian cancer patients in need of life-saving care.

That’s typical of the 32-year-old pending free agent (still only 32!), who may be moved on loan before Monday’s trading close. Subban has been the public face of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation since the beginning of his career with the Canadiens, when he pledged to raise $10 million for the hospital.

During his three years in New Jersey, he was a social justice spokesperson and donated $50,000 to George Floyd’s daughter Gianna through GoFundMe. Subban brought to New Jersey the Blueline Buddies program he initiated in Nashville, in which law enforcement officers participate in games involving underprivileged youth. This is just a snippet of his life as a philanthropist.

Subban was relentlessly scolded in this area. His game was a disappointment and his on-the-ice, is-it-or-is-not-slew-foot persona was off-putting. But the man has much more to offer. And that’s what I’ll remember about the one-time Norris Trophy winner.

PK Subban
PK Subban
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Sorry but I can’t see Rangers selling Alexandar Georgiev unless they have an appropriate step in to import an experienced replacement netminder ready to go because there’s basically no chance that the club has entrusted that responsibility to Keith Kinkaid at this stage of the season.

Taking on a fourth-rounder rather than getting nothing for Georgiev this summer when he becomes a free agent after Rangers failed to qualify the netminder in no way seems worthy of a demotion at his position.

Alexander Georgiev
Alexander Georgiev

If they could capitalize on this by making a hub movement where they get more back on Georgiev than they hypothetically spend on Detroit’s Thomas Greiss, then it makes sense.

And it might make more sense if Greiss, a 36-year-old upcoming free agent, is among the candidates to serve as Igor Shesterkin’s replacement next season once Georgiev is gone. It would be a nice test run on both sides.

Rangers have had their eye on Dallas’ Alexander Radulov for months but are likely to face competition if they make a bid for the 35-year-old pending free agent whose days of consistent production are in the past. Carolina might be among those in the running for these types of top six and top nine guys right now to ramp up the attack.

I don’t know Jonathan Toews, although I do know that he was a key part of the Blackhawks’ run to three Stanley Cups in six years, a quasi-dynasty in the hard-cap era. A great player who, as captain, is said to have been somehow unaware of the Kyle Beech scandal that has tainted the memory of Chicago’s championship days.

But it seems that every time Toews speaks out, he reveals himself as a self-interested person, whether it’s about fiduciary deductions from his paycheck or directing the organization that needs to be rebuilt.

Jonathan Tows
Jonathan Tows
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Not that he’s wrong about the puzzling deal that saw the Blackhawks send 23-year-old Swiss Army knife-type winger Brandon Hagel – who has two years left to resign from his $1.5million annual cap contract to close before he hits a limited free hand with no arbitration rights – to Tampa Bay with a couple of fourth-rounders in exchange for a couple of first-round draft decisions and a couple of prospects, Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk.

The first round players should be late, probably three to six years away from making a difference. Raddysh and Katchouk have lost a lot of their luster. It’s a return of quantity over quality that kind of reminds me of the Rangers’ return from Tampa Bay in 2018 for Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller, even though those two players were in vastly different situations than Hagel.

By the way, a corresponding FYI for Blueshirts General Manager Chris Drury: Prospects lose their value if they are viewed as prospects for too long.

Which of these pre-1993-94 Neil Smith trades would have been derided the most, and loudest, if social media had existed at the time?

A: Tony Granato and Tomas Sandstrom to LA for Bernie Nicholls.

B: Ulf Dahlen and a pair of fourths to Minnesota for Mike Gartner.

C: Doug Weight to Edmonton for Esa Tikkanen.

You know the expression “barely disguised”? Well, the satisfaction expressed by a large number of people at the Golden Knights’ disastrous season is thinly veiled.

Injuries devastated the season in Vegas in much the same way that COVID-19 and injuries conspired to devastate the islanders. Nobody boasts about it. But it seems Kelly McCrimmon hasn’t made too many friends since slipping into the GM’s chair three years ago.

Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux
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Claude Giroux has long been a very good player. He may well become this year’s answer to Raymond Bourque, although it’s widely forgotten that the defender only lifted the trophy in his second season in Colorado. Most people probably think that Giroux is on his way to the Hall of Fame, but if so, that can’t possibly happen before Rod Brind’Amour’s selection and induction.

Brind’Amour: 452 goals, 732 assists, 1,184 points in 1,184 games with 51 goals, 60 assists, 111 points in 159 single-cup playoff games.

Giroux: 291 goals, 609 assists, 900 points in 1,000 games with 25G, 48A, 73 points in 85 playoff contests.

Also this: If the rebuilding of Philadelphia ends with the departure of Giroux, every other team in the east will be happy.

Finally, it remains more than troubling to see the NHL continue to promote Alex Ovechkin as if his cheerleading history was just nothing to the amoral Vladimir Putin. Devils’ PK Subban should be remembered for his legacy off the ice


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