February 9, 2011 by staff
Joffrey Lupul, The Montreal Gazette believes that Canadians have resisted the loss of Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges in part because PK Subban emerged as the best defender in his rookie season. It was coupled with Hal Gill and credits the veteran with helping him develops.
“It’s a veteran guy in this league and he has done all this,” said Subban. “He won championships. He taught me all day to get a better pro, whether on or off the ice. It certainly makes the game easier for me.”
The 21-year Subban said it is difficult to explain the relationship between him and Gill 35 years.
“It’s more like big brother, little brother but he is a father,” said Subban. “He has a number of years on me and I’m sure he sees me as a child and he is looking for me. When I make mistakes there, it’s the first guy to get me.”
Subban said Gill is not the only source of wisdom on how to play.
“The best advice anyone gave me was not to go out and try to win the game, just go out and play,” he said. “A team that taught me patience was Philly in the playoffs. They are an experienced team, which waits for you to make mistakes and they capitalize on that and I thought I’d play same way. ”
(Reuters) – The Anaheim Ducks, hoping to race in the tight race for the Pacific Division, have found the defenseman Francois Beauchemin Maple Leafs, the team said Wednesday.
The Ducks sent right Joffrey Lupul and defenseman Jake Gardiner in Toronto as part of the agreement. Maple Leafs also get Anaheim’s fourth-round selection in the draft 2013.
“We are delighted to be able to buy out Francis,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. “There is a natural person, the defender of the puck in motion.”
Beauchemin, 30, has previously played for Anaheim from 2005-09, helping the team win the 2007 Stanley Cup. He has two goals and 10 assists in 54 games this season.
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