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Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.
With the deadline to submit Olympic hockey rosters moved to January 7, Carey Price and P.K. Subban will potentially get their biggest gifts two full days after Christmas has ended (conversely, the U.S. will officially announce its roster on Jan. 1). Each gift is well worth waiting for, though.
Furthermore, with nine total Habs having shots at going to Sochi this winter (Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, Raphael Diaz, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov and Peter Budaj), there are certainly a lot of warm holiday wishes to go around.
Of course, teams generally don’t like to send their players to the Olympics due to the potential for them to get injured in anything but an NHL hockey game (or at all for that matter). The real truth of the matter is that getting injured at the Olympics is probably considered infinitely better than injuring yourself with, say, a snowblower at home.
Add to that the undeniable prestige of having your charges represent their countries and—let’s not kid ourselves—their NHL teams on the world stage, and Bergevin is probably secretly hoping both Subban and Price make the cut (and, sure…everyone else for all those other countries, too).
Price has essentially become a shoo-in in net (whether as the No. 1 or first backup) due to his stellar play this year (.932 save percentage for starters), but there is concern regarding Subban due to his defensive lapses (among other arguable problems in his game).
Nevertheless, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Subban has curbed those concerns recently. With his offensive numbers alone arguably a good enough reason why Canada must put him on the roster, Dreger says he has become “a leading contender for one of the coveted eight spots” up for grabs.
Nothing’s for certain at this point, though, other than both Price and Subban making holiday-time pushes to make the team, which will hopefully translate into a few wins before the break and a gift for Habs fans.