Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien dismissed any speculation of a bad relationship with P.K. Subban after his decision to bench the star defenceman for half a period in Wednesday night's 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
"I've got a great relationship with P.K.," Therrien told reporters after the team's practice in Brossard on Friday. "We communicate a lot. And he understands our decision (to bench him) and totally agrees."
Therrien drew plenty of criticism from fans and the local media over the last couple of days after benching Subban for about 10 minutes after he took an unnecessary roughing penalty at the end of the second period.
"We're making a big story honestly that as far as I'm concerned isn't such a big thing," he said.
Therrien added Friday that he had a conversation with Subban at their morning practice and that he and the reigning Norris Trophy winner were on the same page.
"(Therrien's) the coach and at the end of the day he's got to make decisions in the best interests of the team," Subban told reporters after practice. "Right now we've got the best team in the world coming into our building on Saturday so that's where my focus is."
The Canadiens will host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.