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Montreal isn’t interested in dealing P.K. Subban

Jun 17, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

Eric Staal, P.K. Subban AP

You’re going to find this one hard to believe, but the Montreal Canadiens apparently have no designs on trading P.K. Subban.

So reports Arthur Staple of New York Newsday who sniffed around at possible offseason trades for Garth Snow and the Islanders and finds out Montreal isn’t looking to move their top young defenseman.

A restricted free agent such as the Canadiens’ P.K. Subban would have gotten Snow to strongly consider dealing the fourth overall pick, but new Montreal GM Marc Bergevin isn’t moving Subban, according to those who’ve spoken with him.

It’s probably very tempting to Bergevin to have back-to-back picks in the top five of the draft, but giving up a 23-year-old defenseman working into his prime is the sort of move that gets you run out of town. After seeing Montreal practically give away Ryan McDonagh to the Rangers a couple years ago, moving the very popular Subban is an instant no-go.

  1. thegonz13 - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    The best trade is often the PME you don’t make…

  2. thegonz13 - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    I meant the best ONE… damn French autocorrect!!!!!

  3. lonespeed - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    I think we’re confusing best young defenseman with most talented young defenseman. Subban wows you with his skating ability and his offensive skills, but he makes too many mistakes, and his mouth and attitude promote bad chemistry. The latter is often under-valued.

    A couple of year’s ago when he was brought up from the AHL during the playoffs, I thought Subban was going to be the guy the rest of the defensemen in the league would be measured against for the next decade.

    After a larger sample, I think the league will continue to be enamoured by his skillset but we’ll never see it come to fruition. It will surprise me if the name P.K. Subban ever appears on the Stanley Cup. When its all said and done, I think he’ll be remembered as being very good but never great.

    • ribs108 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      Certainly no Cups in his future if he stays on his current team.

  4. istallion - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    That would be stupid. PK is brilliant. Habs don’t need Snow and the draft pick is uncertain and 3 years removed.

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