Subban having trouble sleeping without daily fan abuse ringing in his ears

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P.K. Subban weeks after being traded to Nashville  Source

P.K. Subban weeks after being traded to Nashville Source

NASHVILLE, TN – Predators defenceman P.K. Subban has told team doctors that he has barely been able to sleep at night since being traded to Nashville.

The 2013 Norris Trophy winner has complained about not hearing the criticisms of his all-world abilities on television, radio, and in person every waking hour.

A source within the team told The Elbow that there are some nights he stays up listening to Montreal sports talk radio, waiting to hear an angry fan blame him for the Habs' 23-year cup drought, or for making head coach Michel Therrien look bad.

"The only thing that helps him get to sleep at night is hearing that very personal, alcohol-fuelled vitriol from Quebecers," the source said. "So he streams whatever local radio station he used to listen to, and that helps him."

"The nastier things they say, the more he feels like he's back in Montreal, and he's able to doze off."

"It's going to take some time for him to get used to being here."

The team insider said that to this point, Subban has only heard nice things from the handful of locals that recognize him. Some have even offered to buy him drinks rather than pour them over his head.

"That level of hospitality really unsettled him."