With his 2013 Norris Trophy victory, P.K. Subban's name will be on the Canadiens' dressing room Honor Roll, which highlights the major award winners throughout the franchise's storied history.
"I've looked at that plaque many, many, many times," Subban added. "I can tell you this: I never thought my name would be there. My only thought to myself is that I'll try to be the best player I can be every day. If that results in me getting an award for being best at my position, then great. But I never believed that would have happened. My goal is to win a Stanley Cup. The day I was drafted by the Canadiens, I never said my goal was to win the Norris Trophy. My goal is to bring a Stanley Cup back to Montreal." The Canadiens have some significant question marks going into the 2013-14 campaign, but Subban isn't one of them. He should be one of the best offensive defenseman in the league next season.
P.K. Subban assigned a lot of the credit for his Norris Trophy win to his Canadiens teammates.
"This really is a team award," said Subban. "These types of awards you have to give a lot of credit to your teammates because at the end of the day those are the guys that are helping you and playing with you on the ice. And I owe them a lot, especially coming into the season late. My teammates were amazing for me and we've been great all year." The Habs blueliner tied Pittsburgh's Kris Letang for the NHL lead in points by defensemen and figures to be among the league leaders for years to come.
P.K. Subban won the 2013 Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman.
What had been rumored for days became official Saturday night. Subban edged out Ryan Suter with 1,266 points in voting to 1,230, and the Habs defenseman also had 66 first-place votes to Suter's 65. Subban ended the year with 11 goals, 27 assists, a plus-12 rating and 57 penalty minutes. The 24-year-old also had 51 hits and 49 blocked shots. We have a feeling he'll be in the conversation as one of the league's best blueliners for many years to come.
Montreal has inked defenseman Davis Drewiske to a two-year contract extension.
Financial terms were not disclosed. "We are happy to have come to an agreement with Davis on a two-year contract. He brings experience and most importantly depth to our group of defensemen," said GM Marc Bergevin. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in April and skated in nine regular-season games with the Canadiens. In 29 appearances with Los Angeles and Montreal, Drewiske notched seven points and a plus-3 rating.
Despite being a workout buddy of Bruins forward Milan Lucic, Brendan Gallagher will be cheering for the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals.
"I don't want to see Boston win," said Gallagher, who got his first taste of the Canadiens-Bruins rivalry this past season. "I mean, I'm happy for Lootch and I'm glad he's doing well. But I just don't want to see Boston win." On the day of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Gallagher will find out if he's won the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year.
The Vancouver Canucks interviewed former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin for their vacant head coach position, according to RDS' Renaud Lavoie.
The Canucks are really digging in the crates in their search to replace Alain Vigneault. GM Mike Gillis is reportedly meeting with John Tortorella on Tuesday. The Canucks have also been connected to Dallas Eakins, who took the Edmonton job, former Sabres bench boss Lindy Ruff and Kings assistant John Stevens. Outside of Eakins, the common theme among all the candidates appears to be NHL head coaching experience, which makes sense given the veteran roster Vancouver currently has.
Carey Price's former goaltending coach says the goalie has been declining ever since he left the organization in 2009.
Roland Melanson, who is currently Vancouver's goalie coach, told a French-language newspaper in New Brunswick that Price isn't being held accountable for lackluster practice habits. It's hard to deny that Price has work to do in terms of the consistency department and Melanson's words ring true in that aspect. Melanson also said that Pierre Groulx, who replaced Melanson in Montreal and was fired last week, was more interested in being Price's friend than his coach. Ouch. Safe to say, the spotlight is on the 25-year-old netminder entering next season.