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P.K. Subban’s agent: sides are “not close” to a deal

Jan 15, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

P.K. Subban Getty Images

Restricted free agent P.K. Subban‘s agent Don Meehan didn’t exactly have a rosy update about his negotiations with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Here’s the terse statement he provided to the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs:

“No news to report today,” Meehan said. “We are not close to an agreement.”

That doesn’t sound very promising, although perhaps negative updates are just natural in the negotiation process?

Either way, it’s a tough situation with new CBA rules and a small window to haggle (if the goal is to get Subban signed before the season starts).

Despite playing different positions, one might look to Jamie Benn‘s RFA situation with the Dallas Stars instead of fellow defenseman Michael Del Zotto‘s deal with the New York Rangers. Both Benn and Subban are up-and-comers who’ve quickly become essential parts of their teams, setting the stage for some fan angst if they hold out for long.

Another source of angst? The threat of the “triple-low five” going on an indefinite hiatus (both photos via Getty):

source: Getty Images

source: AP

  1. jimw81 - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Let’s start Subban to Flyers rumors.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      He’d fit right in, wouldn’t he

  2. martysbetter - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    It’d be VERY interesting to see what kind of offer sheet would come up under the new CBA.

  3. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Flyers probably already made him an offer.

    • martysbetter - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      I really wonder what it would look like though, they used that huge back-loaded offer to Weber last time as an (admittedly) good strategy – but that wouldn’t be allowed now.

      Another question that comes up is whether the owners would even try anything slick on one another after the negotiating tour de force they collectively displayed during the lockout.

  4. zetaone - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    The guy hasn’t really done anything to warrant a big contract yet. He plays a very flashy game, which gets him attention, but it’s not due to accomplishments on the ice. At the end of the day, he’s just another average defenseman, with an above average chirping ability.

  5. capsfan19 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Cant stand ya!
    No cantstandya!

  6. spizzjr - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Um Garth seems to want d men finally so have the agent call him

  7. Jeff - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Fehr must be Subbans agent

  8. vanindeed - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Subban is an excellent player and I hope Montreal signs him. If Del Zotto is signed for 2.55M then Subban is in the 3.5M range

    • valoisvipers - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Mtl talk shows have him looking for 7 million long term deal.Yikes

    • stakex - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      Del Zotto’s stats were far better in every possible way last season…. and he doesn’t come with half the headaches Subban does (Subban also had tripple the amount of penelty minutes, most of them bad penelties to take). Why would you think that somehow makes Subban worth $1 million more?

      Subban should be happy if he gets $2.5 million for a couple seasons. Considering the sides are not close, Subban probably thinks hes in for a massive payday… which is not the case. Hes good, but not that good.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Kris Letang, who just missed being a finalist for the Norris Trophy in 2011, makes $3.5M/year. He is a better skater, a better shooter, and better passer, a better teammate, and all around better player, offensively and defensively. No way Subban deserves that, not just on the premise that he ‘might be great’ someday.

      • dipthatchip - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        agreed. Subban shouldn’t get anywhere near the scrilla that people are calling for on here. IMO he’s an unproven d-man with mediocre stats at best

  9. sophiecarl - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Subban is a problem…cannot be coached, wont listen
    Hot head that a team can do without even with good skills
    What does it matter if he is price’s friend

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