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Habs GM ready to talk contract extension with Subban

Sep 3, 2013, 12:24 PM EST

Eric Staal, P.K. Subban AP

PK Subban isn’t eligible for restricted free agency until next summer, but Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin would like to get his young Norris Trophy-winning defenseman signed to a contract extension well before then.

“I would like to get something done,” Bergevin told reporters today at the club’s season-opening golf tournament, per TSN. “It takes two to tango.”

Whether Subban is ready to do the negotiation dance with the Habs isn’t clear; he reportedly didn’t want to talk about his contract today. The 24-year-old is halfway through a two-year, $5.75 million “bridge” contract with Montreal — one that wasn’t agreed upon until late January, when the 2013 season had already begun.

In terms of cap hit, the highest paid d-man in the NHL is Nashville’s Shea Weber ($7.86 million), just ahead of Minnesota’s Ryan Suter ($7.54 million). With the salary cap expected to rise in the coming years, Subban’s salary expectations should certainly be in the neighborhood of the league leaders.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Perhaps, and they have a little longer track record

    • dueman - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Perhaps? He’ll probably want more.

  2. themagicman1223 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Good, P.k is a stud, great offensive player and good in his own zone as well. He gets underrated defensively by alot of people.

    • themagicman1223 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      And now here comes the dislikes by people who barely watch him and think he’s a one dimensional defenceman. Well he’s not.

      • lordfletcher - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        YAWN

        As PK isn’t one dimensional, but he sure as heck is a well-rounded D-man. PK should not have won the Norris and shouldn’t be considered an elite defenseman. He is a great point producing skater that plays average defense.

      • joey4id - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        Yawn! Lordfletcher’s lack of hockey knowledge had just been revealed.

  3. davebabychreturns - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Haha, hey Marc how is that “bridge contract” you insisted on working out?

    For that matter where are all the posters who thought Subban didn’t even deserve the deal he got this winter?

    • missthemexpos - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Of course the other way to look at it is that only getting a “bridge contract” motivated Subban big time and he made big strides in both his performance and his maturity. I am sure Montreal does not mind paying Subban more if he continues to play at a high level.

    • dueman - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      I don’t think any team minds paying a player what they are worth.

      • DUEMAN2 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        You think? Duh? Here’s an idea for your next post, Duecheman. How about an original thought or a point?

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Yeah paying a $7m player $7m is all well and good, no team is going to refuse to do it (unless we’re talking budget teams that simply can’t afford those players).

      But paying a $7m player $5m gives you that extra bit of wiggle room that can often be the difference between winning and losing in this league.

      Subban will help them win regardless, but if they’d played their cards better with respect to his contract they could have been in a much better spot.

      (As for the notion that Subban was not going to improve as a player if he’d signed a four or five year contract instead of a two year contract, I don’t buy it. Obviously money is big deal to these players but there is no way that they lack the drive, pride and ego – particularly PK – to succeed outside of that dynamic.)

  4. themagicman1223 - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Lorderfletcher that was probably the response I was expecting, Subban isn’t average defensively. In fact he’s above average in this league, his defense was the most consistent part of his game in 2011-12. Much more so than his offense, take a look at this : http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2013/1/21/3884474/p-k-subban-vs-his-peers-habs-montreal-canadiens

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Bergevin has done a good job since taking over, but not signing Subban to a (cheap) long-term deal when he had the chance will cost the franchise a pretty penny. They could’ve gotten him on a Roman Josi type deal but now he’s gonna ask for Letang money. Serious mistake but that’s the risk with Bridge deals.

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Well they better lock P.K. because he is the future of their blueline. Him, along with his brothers, should be staples in their respective organizations for years to come. Big fan of P.K. and one of my favorite players that isn’t in Orange and Black.

    • valoisvipers - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      You only like him because he is Black, when the reality is, he is a punk that runs around give cheap shots, chirps his mouth off but won’t drop his gloves. As for him winning the Norris, that was a Bettman visible minority publicity stunt to attract new Ethnic fans. Please save your breath Brotherlove as I am not a racist but I am a realist. Bettman wants a raise from his 8.3 million and yes more fans will help him achieve his goal.

      • dueman - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        You might like to call it “being a realist” but in “reality” you’re just being a racist.

      • valoisvipers - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Really dueman? I would take Simmonds on my team any day. I just wouldn’t have a player with PK’s attitude on my team no matter how good he may or may not be. He is a cancer to his team.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        Haha way to jump to conclusions there buddy. On that note, most NHL fans are only fans because the majority of the players are Caucasian. People like you baffle me but it’s nothing new to me haha. Way too bitter my friend. I hope you can just appreciate the fact that different ethnic groups play hockey.

  7. ashtongronholz8 - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    My cousin played against him amongst many others currently in the NHL and had nothing but good things to say. That being said, when another professional admires a player that says a lot. So many fans out there that think they know it all…

  8. terrier92 - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    Not a huge fan of his demeanor on the ice however with that said the guy is a talent I’d take him on the Bruins in a heartbeat

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