Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was forced out of a March 10 game against the Buffalo Sabres after colliding with teammate Alexei Emelin. Subban left on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital for further observation, where he was found to have a "non-serious neck injury."
He's since been released from the hospital but will not play again this season.
Continue for updates.
Subban Ruled Out for Season
Wednesday, April 6
The Canadiens announced Subban will not play in the team's remaining games this season.
Subban Comments on Status
Friday, March 11
P.K. Subban @PKSubban1
Feeling good, and feeling the love. Thanks for all the support!!3/11/2016, 4:29:56 PM
Subban Stretchered Off
Thursday, March 10
According to Sportsnet's David Amber, Subban was lying on the ice "for a few minutes after taking a hit to the head" from Emelin.
The team announced Subban was taken to the hospital for further testing on his neck but had "normal movement" in his extremities.
NHL Network's Kevin Weekes relayed an encouraging update following the Canadiens' 3-2 win:
Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes
I've spoken to a Member of the Subban Family,fortunately they confirmed PK will be okay and is under observation. @NHL @NHLNetwork.3/11/2016, 4:16:40 AM
Subban Among NHL's Best Defensemen
Subban has developed into one of the NHL's premier defensemen over the past three years, and a major reason why has been his ability to stay on the ice. As NHL.com noted, prior to this injury, Subban had appeared in 274 straight games and had never missed a contest due to injury.
Now in his seventh season with the Habs, Subban has recorded six goals and 45 assists. He's also posted a plus/minus rating of plus-four, which ranks second among all Canadiens players, per Hockey-Reference.com.
Montreal has experienced defensemen in Emelin and Andrei Markov, but with Jeff Petry already out for the season due to a sports hernia, and with the Canadiens eliminated from the postseason, shutting down Subban was the smart decision.