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Something just doesn't seem right with P.K. Subban lately.
Statistically, his numbers are fine. On the season, he has 10 goals and 35 assists in 67 games. Of those, four goals and 13 assists have come in 2014.
But when you watch him play night in and night out, you notice that he's a little tentative. He looks hesitant to take the risks that make him the player that he is. He looks almost like he's lost some confidence.
Could it be that the reigning Norris Trophy winner isn't sure of his game? And if so, who could possibly be to blame?
It's certainly fair to wonder if head coach Michel Therrien's foolishness has finally taken its toll on Subban.
The coach's treatment of his young star has been questionable all season. Subban has been benched on numerous occasions for turnovers, penalties and mental mistakes.
Therrien has been stubborn in how he delivers messages to Subban. At times he has preferred having his best player on the bench, even when it has cost his team a chance at winning the game.
Therrien's approach to developing his young talent is old school, and perhaps it has that label for a reason. The game has changed and players have changed. They don't respond in the same way players did a decade or two ago.
On the outside, Subban looks fine. He says all the right things in the media and constantly sports a wide smile. But on the ice, things are obviously not OK.
Quite simply, P.K. hasn't been as good as he can be in the second half of the season thus far. Is it the fault of his stubborn bench boss? It could very well be. Regardless, Subban's stock is down in 2014.