Andrew Ference is an honorable player, and he is not happy about P.K. Subbans antics after throwing a dangerous head shot at David Krejci in the third period of last nights 2-1 victory over the Canadiens at TD Garden. Ference emptied both barrels on Subban during his weekly radio appearance on the Dennis and Callahan Show on 850 WEEI Friday morning and didnt leave much to the imagination when it comes to his feelings about Subban.
"I wasn't that surprised. I think it's more embarrassing he was fighting his own teammates in practice the early January tussle betweenSubban and Tomas Plekanec during a Habs practice. I don't know. It was a hit to Krejci's head. I'm the smallest defenseman on our team, so I think he pulled a pretty good card on that one. But I guess he still didn't want to fight.
I wasn't extremely surprised. With most guys, it's a big hit to one of our key players, and obviously a high hit -- Krejci's got the marks on his face to prove it. So, that's usually pretty cut and dry. You don't have to be the toughest team in the league or fight all the time. And they're not; that's not their identity. That's fine. There's nothing wrong with that. But the general code in hockey is on plays like that, you man up. That's whether you're big or small or whatever you are. You just do it. That's where I think it rubs a lot of guys around the league -- and probably on his own team -- raw. I think most guys were raised as kids playing hockey, that's just the way you do it.
Ference pointed to teammates Brad Marchand currently out on a five-game suspension due to a clipping incident with Sami Salo as a guy that will answer for his actions when opponents feel hes crossed the line. Ference has seen Marchand in action.
Marchand is a friend of his, and Subban is clearly no Marchand.
"If you're going to play that way -- and for a direct example on our team, before this season started, I talked with Brad Marchand. I said, 'If you're going to play the way you play, you have to fight. You have to drop the gloves once in a while.' I said, 'You don't have to fight the toughest guy or fight every time somebody asks you, said Ference. But if you're going to play that style of hockey, if want any respect at all around the league, you have to drop the gloves once in a while.' So, that's what it's all about. Not being crazy and not picking up penalty minutes all over the place, but at least showing up once in a while and playing honest."
Subbans cockiness, confidence and outspoken style has certainly rubbed plenty of NHL players the wrong way, and its even spurred Ference to chirp at him on some occasions. Like last season when the Montreal defenseman was beaming after his team had lost a heartbreaking playoff series.
"He was even smiling after they lost in the playoffs last year, and I told him -- I'm not much for chirping guys and trash-talking -- but I said, 'You're team's not exactly doing so hot right now, I don't know if it looks so great when you're smiling around at the rink all game, said Ference. If a guy on my team was smiling like that after you're losing and when you're obviously going through some struggles, I don't know. Well, I guess that's why they're having the kind of practices they're having.
Sounds like theres not a lot of love lost between those two.