It was a tough week in Montreal.

Folks are still trying to make sense of P.K. Subban being sent out of town.

The hockey leadership of the home town Canadiens talks of a hockey upgrade, and perhaps that is true (I am not convinced though).

But this “transaction” was clearly about more than hockey.

But P.K. Subban was about more than just hockey.

Subban was a Montrealer through and through (even though originally from Toronto). Beyond his generous charitable work for the Montreal Childrens’ Hospital ($10 million committment), here was connected to the city in so many ways – big and small, very visible and very discreet.

This trade is one that will be debated and recalled for a long time. At the end of the day it is likely to be a defining moment for many.

In the meantime, here are two interesting articles that put this trade and Sportsnet’s revamping of HNIC into a broader societal context.

Interesting reading. what do you think ?

In the meantime, it is clear that though he no longer plays for Montreal’s hockey team, he remains and will long remain a true Montrealer.