The Habs will try to avenge the last meeting between these two teams tonight as they face the Senators with the same lineup that won against the Sharks on Saturday afternoon. Much has been said about the issue of PK Subban sitting for his third consecutive game, though I honestly don’t think its that big of an issue.
Would I like to see Subban in the lineup? Absolutely.
Do I want to remove Weber after the two games he’s played since he got the opportunity to play defense? Not a chance.
At some juncture, Martin will get PK back into the lineup, and I have no doubt that the kid will be fine. He’s too good not to be. In the interim the coaching staff is getting a good look at another fantastic defensive prospect. The team is winning. So why is the sky still falling in Montreal?
At some point before July 1, 2011 Pierre Gauthier is going to have to make a tough decision regarding our defense corps. With PK, Weber, and Picard knocking on the door (and don’t forget about Alexi Yemelin in Russia), Montreal will need to decide who it is that will be playing for the Habs next season. While it is crazy to think about where Montreal would be without Roman Hamrlik and Hal Gill – I could easily see one if not both gone next season (depending on Cap hits for their contracts). If we assume that Montreal will do everything in its power to resign Gorges and Markov (the latter is admittedly a question mark), you can see that there is little room.
Markov, Subban, Weber, Yemelin (I would do anything at this point to bring him over) Specek, Picard.. There is potentially room for 1 more defender. Letting Picard, Subban and Weber play this year is critical to making the proper choice this summer. So PK sits.. But he’ll be back. That you can take to the bank.