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PK Subban: There will be a 2012-13 season

Dec 14, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

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Despite the recent meltdown in the CBA negotiations, the less than encouraging meetings with mediators that followed, and the NHLPA taking its first step towards potentially dissolving, there will be a 2012-13 season.

At least, Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban thinks there will be. In fact, he guarantees it.

“At the end of the day,” Subban said on the Marek Vs. Wyshynski podcast. “I don’t think those are going to be deal-breakers. I think that we’re going to have a season based on the fact that we’re going to be able to negotiate something on those things. When? I don’t know. But I’d like to think that it’ll happen.”

Theoretically, contracting issues are the biggest thing still on the table, with the NHL seeking to cap the maximum length of contracts at five years, among other things. However, in reality, the sides might be further apart than that.

When talks collapsed last week, the NHL pulled its recent concessions off the table, including the Make Whole proposal. If the NHL holds that stance, then the two sides might not be close on dollar issues as well as contracting ones.

If you wish to hear more of Subban’s interview, you can do so below:

  1. bricktop02 - Dec 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Hey PK can I borrow your crystal ball? I need to see whats going on in the future.

  2. jason9696 - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    I hope he’s right. But I won’t lose one second of sleep if there isn’t. Greedy bastards.

  3. sportsfan69 - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Come on NHLPA, what are you waiting on? Lose an entire season salary? Salvage a 48, 52, or 56 game season before it’s to late. Don’t be like your French comrades.

    • blomfeld - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      Dien Bien Phu ?

      Sportsfan69 – That’s another piece which I’ve never seen before, so thanks for sharing. As you know, the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu marked the end of their “arrogant” presence in Indochina, just as the Americans would unfortunately experience later and just as the Japanese imperialists had experienced some years before. Even the Chinese learned in 1979 that is was probably best to avoid picking fights with the seemingly low yet resilient Vietnam. I’ve always sympathized with the Vietnamese people, as for some reason the last century was very unkind towards them ? And yet they’ve somehow always managed to persevere, despite the overwhelming odds which have been thrown against them.

      • sportsfan69 - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

        Blomfeld,

        Thanks! It’s been very frustrating following the CBA, nobody from the NHLPA wants to take charge and responsible. It’s a game to the players. It’s disconcerting.

    • sabatimus - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Thanks, but after yesterday I’d rather not come to PHT and see footage of a gun pointed at me.

  4. paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Wouldn’t that just be a 2013 season?

    • sabatimus - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Exactly. I was about to call out Subban for being a dumbass, since the season is canceled through the end of this month.

  5. superross - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    PK is the man!

    • sabatimus - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      PK is a pathetic flop artist. Oh wait, he isn’t now, because there’s no season.

  6. rushledger - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Some how that makes me lose more faith in a season.

  7. proudliberal85392 - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Hope he’s right.

  8. blomfeld - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    SUBBAN THE OPTIMIST ?

    Like comrade Proudliberal85392, I too hope that Subban is correct. Because if he isn’t and all that’s left is what you pessimists have been espousing, then God help us all … :(

  9. csilojohnson - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Exactly, he would like to think there will be a season.
    We would all like to think that. Doesn’t make it anymore a reality.

  10. csilojohnson - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    The Vietnamese people will unfortunatly continue to suffer for many more years. Due to Agent Orange birth defects are very common still today.
    Its always the innocent generations that suffer for wars they had no say in.

    • blomfeld - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      well said friend …

  11. therealjr - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Considering games are cancelled through December 30, I doubt there will be any 2012 in that 2012-13 season.

  12. sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Blomfeld,

    Since we no hockey right now, watch the movie Downfall. The movie is excellent. Authentic, you’ll notice Sturmwher44’s (world’s first assault rifle)- used in the movie, along with real a Tiger tanks. Warning, it will upset you. Especially the death of innocent children and people. At the end, they interview Hitler’s secretary. Very interesting.

    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Sportsfan69 – I saw this movie when it first appeared here back in 2004 and though it was disturbing, it did indeed give an incredibly “authentic” insight from a historical perspective.

      • sportsfan69 - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        I concur.

  13. acieu - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    The Vietnamese have been fighting the Chinese for thousands of years. The US War which they Vietnam won is like a mosquito to them. What’s a 10′ year dispute compared to dealing with the Great Dragon.

    • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      In the larger context of time, what you’re saying is very true. However individual people don’t live for thousands of years. Over a span of just 30 years, the Vietnamese people were attacked by some of the world’s premiere powers … Japan in ’41, French in ’54, US in ’67 … and they ultimately defeated them all. They are a very brave and resilient people and my hope is that this century will be kinder to them than the last one was.

  14. acieu - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    PK: adieu!

  15. fortwaynekomets - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I have already replaced the NHL to the ECHL. its not the same talent, but you’d be shocked how many draft picks and NHLers are playing in the league right now. its awesome, Ryan Reaves, Devin Settagucci, Brandon Dubinski, Ryan Clowe, etc. the list goes on and on. It’s way better than the KHL, in my opinion. but then again I hate the euro-trash game they bring to North American Hockey.

    For 30 bucks a month I get unlimited ECHL hockey on America One Sports online, including access to the Video On Demand archives of past games!!!

    ps. I do not work for the ECHL, I am promoting it out of pure passion for my team, the Fort Wayne Komets, who are celebrating their 60th season with the legendary rink announcer Bob Chase!

    Don’t let the NHL ruin your families Christmas! I know there is no way to explain this to the kids, but take them to your local AHL or ECHL teams games! The tradition lives on!

    • lightningstrikes04 - Dec 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Go Everblades!!!!!!!!!! Finally someone talking about hockey and not the historical significance of Vietnam…lmao

  16. matt8204 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    No, there won’t. We’re big boys, PK. We can accept it. We’re kind of used to this by now anyway.

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