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Agent: Subban hasn’t told me to make him NHL’s highest-paid D

Jul 30, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

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Earlier today, a report surfaced claiming P.K. Subban was seeking $8.5 million annually in arbitration. While that figure would make him the NHL’s highest-paid defenseman, agent Don Meehan said that’s not the goal.

Here’s what Meehan told Sportsnet’s Fan 590 on Wednesday:

Sportsnet: Is it important to you and P.K. that by average annual value, he becomes the highest-paid defenseman in the National Hockey League?

Meehan: Really, we haven’t approached it in that respect. That’s not something that he’s instructed us to attend to. When you get down to an arbitration process, it really becomes in many respects a statistical analysis, and it can be different from a negotiation you’re having with a club. They’re really two different venues.

But he’s a remarkable player, and he has a remarkable presence in Montreal. I think Montreal acknowledges that, and I think we’re all trying to do our best to see if we can come up with something that makes sense from both sides’ points of view.

Currently, the NHL’s highest-paid blueliner in terms of average annual value is Nashville’s Shea Weber, who pulls in $7.8 million annually. He’s trailed by Ryan Suter ($7.5M), Kris Letang ($7.2M), Brian Campbell ($7.1M), Drew Doughty and Dion Phaneuf ($7M each).

So, as you can see, Subban would be the first to eclipse the $8M barrier — an important figure, given there’s already pretty select company in the $7-plus million group.

As for the state of negotiations… Meehan did say he felt there was plenty of time for Subban and the Habs to reach an agreement prior to Friday’s arbitration hearing, noting that 21 of this summer’s 23 scheduled cases were sewn up prior to. (Meehan added the two sides were likely to meet on Thursday.)

It’s also worth noting the 25-year-old defenseman has said he wants to be a “lifer” in Montreal, and GM Marc Bergevin did clear up some cap space this summer by trading Josh Gorges — and his $3.9M cap hit through 2018 — to Buffalo, without bringing back any salary in exchange.

  1. sportsfaninyyc - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    As a Habs fan, PK is damn good, but not Doughty or Weber good.

    • habs9 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      not yet…you’re right, as a habs fan i agree as well

      But i laugh because all the people down below who now say oh he’s good but not this good, are also the same people who were saying 2 years ago oh he’s terrible, not even worth Del Zotto Money….and the oh i would take MDZ over him any day (when they were both RFAs)…..its ok haters you keep saying he can’t reach these levels and you keep being wrong, its fu watching it happen

      and most importantly you can tell Subban LOVES to prove you guys wrong, so please! keep fueling him we Habs fans LOVE THAT ISHT!

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    I’d give him 6.5 mill, I think that’s a pretty fair offer

    • avfanforlife - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      7.5 easy – long term – no brainer.

    • habs9 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      yeah its a fair offer at the previous Cap…..

  3. anthj99 - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    He didn’t say that he wants to be the highest paid D-man, it’s just implied. They both wanna get paid. I would too.

  4. enzod91 - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    8 years for 64 mil. He is worth every penny and with the cap rising you have to pay him more than any of those other 7+mil dmen

  5. milkmemalkin - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    maybe 5 years at 5.75 is fair sure he’s good but he’s no letang

    • enzod91 - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      thats a joke right?

      • thesportsjudge - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Yes. Milk is a troll.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    I still don’t understand how he won a Norris

    • skr213 - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Because the NHL has no good trophy for ACTUAL defensemen. They just have a trophy for most points for a defenseman, and then they pretend that it’s for the “best” defenseman.

      • billiam55 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        so true. its stupid.

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Because it was a half a season(basically.)

  7. redwings4013 - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    @milkmemalkin out of every great defence man in the nhl you decided to choose let and in that statement. I understand ur a pens fan but you can not say subban is worse than letang. I like letang more as well but subban is defiantly better then letang. He’s no weber, suter, doughty, and I don’t like the guy but he is good no doubt about it

  8. skr213 - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Funniest part of this article is the reminder that Brian Campbell makes $7M a year.

  9. 7mantel - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    That works out close to 300 thousand per dive over the length of the contract !

  10. montrealknowledge - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    P.K. is too sweeeeeet of a player. He’ll be in the MTL for life, he WILL be the best D-man SOMEDAY soon.

    • elrock7 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      As a leaf fan, I hope Subban is a Hab for life.

      • packerswin96 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:23 AM

        You keep Phaneuf at $7 million/ year, we will gladly take PK at $8.5 /year

  11. broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Subban should definitely make more than Letang, Cambell and Phaneuf. The fact that those three are even on the list is laughable.

  12. maddog107us - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    If abitration doesn’t work out. Imagine if the mn wild got this guy? Vanek, Parise, Koivu, Suter, and P.K. subban. Somebody might be drinkin beer out of that cup if that happened!

    • maddog107us - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Not to mention they are still 10 mil under the cap (uh, just sayin) lol.

    • packerswin96 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Stop the dreaming, PK will be signed tomorrow to a 8 year contract.

      • skr213 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        How’d that prediction work out for you?

  13. billiam55 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    hey habs fans, thanks for McDonagh. what a great contract hes got eh 😉. i hope ur so called “defenseman” subban gets overpaid.

    • bsaures - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Just like wele enjoy have one of the best goal scorers in the league for under 5 million while the rangers pay nash almost 8 to be useless

  14. pone27 - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Subban, on the long term probably deserves 6.5-7mil over 8 years. He biggest downfall IMO, is his discipline.

    Speaking of all these, Keiths 5.5 mil is arguably the best contract for a Dman

  15. phtjoey - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    It’s not in the Habs best interest to drag their star/franchise player through the arbitration process. He played through the bridge contract like the Habs wanted him to do. The Habs can save face if they agree on a long term deal worth ~8.5 million per year before arbitration, and name him as an alternate C if not the Captain.

    Dragging PK to arbitration would indicate that the Habs do not value his Norris Trophy award, and contribution to the team last season including the playoffs. The Habs have to do everything they can to prevent animosity between them and the PK camp. Otherwise, they risk loosing him in 2 years.

  16. joewilliesshnoz - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    He’s not worth it.

  17. lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Why not make him the highest paid Defenceman in the NHL. He sure acts like he is; and he sure acts like he’s the best. So if you make him the highest paid Dman in the NHL, it would match his massive ego

    • dolphincult - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      why don’t you stick to puffing up your loser Captain Phaneuf , the greatest pretender in the league who makes 7 million :
      Phaneuf 80games 8 goals, 23 assists for 31 points with 144 pim
      Subban 82 games 10g 43 assists for 53 points with 81 pim

      I would mention The great pretender Captain’s playoff Resume but I cant seem to find it LMAO!

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