“He’s (P.K.Subban) a guy that’s come in the league and hasn’t earned respect. It’s just frustrating to see a young guy like that come in here and so much as think that he’s better than a lot of people. You have to earn respect in this league. It takes a lot. You can’t just come in here as a rookie and play like that. It’s not the way to get respect from other players around the league.” — Faceoff.com
After dropping the bitter 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, Flyers’ captain Mike Richards did not shy away from sharing his thoughts on the talented Canadiens’ rookie defenseman. Subban,21, in the final moments of the lopsided contest, was all over the ice during and after the play, pushing and slashing at the Philadelphia players.
But what Richards took exception to, was not that Subban, a rookie, was playing an in-your-face style and trash talking with the game in hand, but that he wouldn’t ‘earn respect’. In other words, Subban wouldn’t drop the gloves and back up his intense demeanor.
“Hopefully someone on their team addresses it, because, I’m not saying I’m going to do it but something might happen to him if he continues to be that cocky,” Richards continued.
As Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy) of Yahoo! Sports pointed out, Richards received five fighting majors in his rookie season, including one against noted fightsman Arron Asham.