While hockey pundits across the country continue to debate whether P.K. Subban should be on Team Canada for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, his own head coach has already offered an endorsement.
"The way he's playing right now, Subban is making a great case for the Olympic team," Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien told reporters at the team's practice in Washington on Thursday. "We want him to go there."
Subban, 24, has picked up right where he left off on the stat sheet from last year, scoring three goals and 18 assists in 25 games with the Canadiens this season.
There was plenty of attention and speculation surrounding the 2013 Norris Trophy winner's ice time and relationship with Therrien earlier this month, as his minutes - especially late in the game and in penalty-killing situations - were limited.
"I will not comment on the ice time of any player," Therrien said after a 3-2 shootout loss to St. Louis in early November. "But Subban played a hell of a game for us - exactly what we needed from him."
Subban is in the final year of a two-year contract he signed with the Canadiens during the 2012-13 NHL season and early negotiations have already started on a possible new deal.
The two-year contract, signed after Subban missed the first four games of the truncated 48-game season, is worth a total of $5.75 million, with $2 million going to Subban in the shortened season and $3.75 million coming his way this year.