KLOTEN, SWITZERLAND - Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban has gone from “He's OK” to “Day-to day” to he's on a plane back to Canada.
The defenceman, who injured his right knee in Canada's pre-tournament game against Switzerland in the first period Sunday in Fribourg, was still “day to day” here Tuesday night.
But then the language changed.
Montreal Canadiens assistant general manager Larry Carriere announced Tuesday night that defenceman P.K. Subban will be returning to Montreal and will not participate in the world championship.
“Subban suffered a minor knee injury that would have sidelined him for approximately two weeks,” the team said in a press release. “He will be re-evaluated by team doctors.”
Earlier Tuesday, GM Kevin Lowe said team doctors planned to discuss their findings with the Canadiens physician. The phone meeting happened after Canada's 4-2 win against Switzerland.
The management team then met with Subban back at the hotel to give him the news.
Meanwhile Ryan Murray, the No. 2-ranked draft choice by Central Scouting played well again in Canada's 4-2 win over the Swiss here.
“He'll be going to Helsinki,” said Lowe.
“He still hasn't played his way off the team.”
Team Canada does plan to bring another defenceman over, with Subban heading home.
But Murray will now spend the entire world championships with the team much like Jordan Eberle did two years ago before he'd played a game in the NHL.
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