Silly comments from P.K. Subban shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone around the Golden Knights. Remember this?
He knows he bit me. I’m not trying to rip his head off. I’m not that type of player… I don’t know how I walk out of there with four minutes in penalties… It wasn’t explained. They tried to apologize after the fact that they gave me four minutes in penalties. My finger is bleeding. I don’t know what you want me to do.-P.K. Subban accusing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare of biting his finger, 01/23/19
Well P.K. is back, and he’s pushing the idea of a ridiculous 31-team playoff. Subban believes the NHL should allow every club a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup, including his 68 point Devils team. Contenders like the Golden Knights worked hard to position themselves for a Cup run, but none of that matters to the former Norris Trophy winner.
It was kind of floated around… I saw a few things on social media and I like that. For my team specifically, we were pushing to make the playoffs down the stretch. I would like to see our team have an opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup. I’d love too see a 31-team playoff and give those pesky Devils an opportunity of bringing the Cup back home to New Jersey. I’d love to see that. -PK Subban on ESPN
While it might sound intriguing to certain fanbases, it makes zero sense for any legitimate contender. In fact, the real losers would end up being the Golden Knights and other elite clubs. Why should they be punished for playing strong during the 71-game paused season?
The NHL is not college basketball, or even the World Cup. The Stanley Cup playoffs is not a tournament of rewarded participants, it’s a tournament of winners. So, why would Vegas, St. Louis, Boston or Tampa want to risk playing a team that has nothing to lose, and face losing to a #16th seed? They wouldn’t, and frankly, they’d be wronged if the league forced them too.
If you’re New Jersey, you’re sitting there and you say, ‘okay fair enough we realize below the cut line.’ Then you say but Montreal, sitting with 71 games 71 points. The Devils go ‘whoa, whoa, whoa, time out, we’re three points behind Montreal with two games in hand. Why would you give Montreal a chance?’ The Devils would say ‘well Montreal can’t be a part of any postseason thing because we got a better point percentage then them.’ So, I guess that’s kind of where P.K. was coming from. -Bob McKenzie
Ignoring the unknown format, imagine Vegas opening up the playoffs against Los Angeles. The Golden Knights have struggled mightily against a poor Kings team. Something about the matchup this year has given LA the upper hand. But there’s nothing about the Kings season that says they deserve a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.
There’s certainly a financial benefit to this league-wide postseason, but I can’t imagine the commissioner would jeopardize the NHL’s integrity just too make up some cash. And while it’s beneficial to showcase large personalities like Subban, fans are more interested in highly competitive hockey. A 31-team field isn’t playoff quality hockey.
Why would we even think about having 31 teams? Well, we wouldn’t. Probably not, but the problem that you run into is if there’s no regular season then what do you do with the bubble teams? The legit bubble teams. -Bob McKenzie.
Whatever the proposals may be; first-round byes, best of three or five game series, or Subban’s league-wide madness, I can’t imagine the league is open to all suggestions. It’s apparent the players want to un-pause the season, but finding the right format is what’s most important. Devaluing the Golden Knights strong regular season efforts isn’t the best way to award a champion. No one is interested in two below .500 teams competing for the Stanley Cup.
This isn’t a dance, this is the NHL.