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Subban needs weekend to reflect after Habs meeting

Jan 25, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens shoots during warmup before NHL action against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre January 21, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Restricted free agent PK Subban‘s agents met with Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin on Friday and unfortunately the meeting didn’t go well, according to TVA Sports’ Louis Jean and ESPN and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

It wasn’t a step back, but the two sides didn’t make any noteworthy progress.

“P.K. will take weekend to reflect & we will meet P.K. again on Monday,” Subban’s agent Don Meehan told Dave Stubbs.

It’s believed that Subban, 23, wants a deal in the same range as 23-year-old forward Jamie Benn‘s recently inked five-year, $26.25 million contract with the Dallas Stars. However, LeBrun suggested that Montreal might be hesitant to go past three years.

As a defenseman with Montreal, Subban has already recorded 76 points in 160 career games. At this point, Subban feels he knows what his value is and wants to be paid accordingly.

“For my style of game and for what I do for the team, the amount of minutes I play and for what I bring to the table, I have to be fairly compensated,” he said earlier this week. “We’re not trying to rob the bank here (in contract talks). We’re not reinventing anything. We’re not holding a gun to the Canadiens’ head saying, ‘Pay us this or we’re walking away.’

“We just want to be compensated for what I’m worth.”

Subban also didn’t reject the notion that he could be traded, although he still wants to play for the Canadiens.

  1. akmd1984 - Jan 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    I’ve got news for you PK…while you may not be holding a gun, you are absolutely saying “pay me this or I’m walking away”, as evidenced by the fact that you haven’t signed a contract that isn’t to your liking. I’m no math genius but it seems to me like making $2M-$4M per season is a hell of a lot better than making $0M. And everyday you don’t sign makes you look more and more like that clown in the NFL named Mr. Revis. In case you haven’t heard of him, he’s not exactly the best guy to model your PR strategy after. Just an FYI.

    • paresident21 - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      And why shouldn’t he? Plays the most minutes, young up and coming Defensemen which in this day is highly coveted, he could easily get that on the open market no doubt. He isn’t doing anything more than anyone else in his position would be doing.

      • 19to77 - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Right, which is exactly why we’re hearing so much about the negotiation breakdowns between the Panthers and Kulikov, and the Rangers and Del Zotto.

        Oh, wait, nevermind, it’s just P.K. putting the money above the sport after all.

      • sjsblitz - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        I’d be more interested in P.K htan Kulikov, as for Del Zotto, he’s been signed for awhile now -_-

  2. martysbetter - Jan 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    On the open market he would probably get what he’s asking from more than a handful of teams in the NHL

  3. ibieiniid - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    “It wasn’t a step back,but the two sides didn’t make any noteworthy progress.” ::shudder::

    sorry, just got a flashback

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Haha well played

  4. 8man - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Sometimes you just have to trade a guy so he can “get what he think’s is worth” and you can move on. Of course not seeing Subban with that trademark toilet seat on his sweater would take some getting used to.

    Go Bs!

    PS: Sorry for the toilet seat remark. There really are few more attractive pieces of gear in all of sports than the Habs’ red sweaters.

  5. flyerguy73 - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I think this idiot, and Evander ( moron) Kane should start hanging out. Two tools in a pod.

    • 19to77 - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Round it out with white Kane too. Adds some alcoholism and assault to the group dynamic.

  6. sportsfan69 - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    PK Subban,

    Last time I checked you’re a Restrictive Free Agent. Your fair market value is between 2.2 – 3.0 per year. Mr. Subban your not in the same class of Defensemen Karlson from the Ottawa Senators. PK needs to deflate his super echo head. If was the Montreal Canadians I would stand firm. Let him sit for the year. Tic toc

  7. somekat - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    “Reflect” aka “go home for the weekend while the Habs try to trade him”

  8. garrison1981 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Detroit…trade for him!!

  9. nyrangersfan - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Hey guys Subban just wants to get paid what he’s “worph.”

  10. tml4 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    This is the last year of his contract. He signed it, he should honor it. If he thinks that he is worth more then next year when negotiations start he can ask for more money then. He hasn’t played 400 games or even 300 games in the NHL so until that time, pay your dues, shut the hell up and go back to the team and contract you signed. Too many times players think they are worth more then they really are and and more then they really deserve and he is holding a gun to the head of the Canadians. The Canadian should hold strong and then if Suckyban hasn’t come to his senses then the habs should walk from him. Your only as good as your word and thats what that contract was. He had no problem signing it 2 years ago, so live up to your end! Reality check……your not that good.

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