NHL Rumors I: Subban and Canadiens Nearing Arbitration

  • David Pagnotta: Talks between the Canadiens and P.K. Subban are ongoing, but Pagnotta doesn’t think they’ll go to arbitration. Both sides are wanting to do a long-term deal, just a matter of figuring out the money. Despite the numbers that were filed for arbitration, the Canadiens could be hoping for something between $6.5 and $7 million, with Subban’s side between $7.5 and $8 million.
  • Brian Wilde: “If indeed Habs sign PK short term as seems to be hinted by Meehan on PTS, it’s another time Habs seem to have less belief in PK than we do.”
  • Mike Halford: Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, on SportsNet’s Fan 590 yesterday.

    Sportsnet: Is it important to you and P.K. that by average annual value, he becomes the highest-paid defenseman in the National Hockey League?

    Meehan: Really, we haven’t approached it in that respect. That’s not something that he’s instructed us to attend to. When you get down to an arbitration process, it really becomes in many respects a statistical analysis, and it can be different from a negotiation you’re having with a club. They’re really two different venues.

    But he’s a remarkable player, and he has a remarkable presence in Montreal. I think Montreal acknowledges that, and I think we’re all trying to do our best to see if we can come up with something that makes sense from both sides’ points of view.

One Comment

  1. Rick Sanders

    August 2, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Well now that it has come to this time to trade PK.
    Edmonton would give up Eberle, Darnell Nursek along with Musil and 2nd rounder for 2015. We package Eberle to Winnipeg for Kane and away we go. We now have Evander Kane, with two great D prospects for PK. I like PK, but in my eyes he is not the 10 million dollar man and I wouldn’t break the bank to keep him. He is a great Dman, but we will be fine without him. If he turned down 8 million for 7 or 8 years time to say goodbye.