Skip to content

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

Jul 30, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

PK Subban Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. WATCH LIVE: Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff action

    Apr 20, 2015, 9:48 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers - Game Two Getty Images

    Will shifting locales produce interesting results?

  2. Too little, too late: Rangers stifle Penguins for 2-1 series lead

    Apr 20, 2015, 9:45 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby, Keith Yandle AP

    A close-to-perfect road effort from New York.

  3. Devils’ Henrique undergoes wrist surgery, expects 4-6 week recovery

    Apr 20, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    New Jersey’s only player who went under the knife this offseason.

  4. Another ‘easy’ choice: Hawks confirm Darling back in for Game 4

    Apr 20, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks Getty Images

    Corey Crawford will sit, once again, against the Preds.

  5. No hearing scheduled for Hamhuis after Bennett headshot

    Apr 20, 2015, 12:29 PM EDT

    BennettHamhuis

    Vancouver defenseman received a minor penalty on the hit.

  6. Sharks and McLellan have ‘mutually agreed’ to part ways

    Apr 20, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT

    Head coach Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks watches from the bench in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Vancouver Canucks during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 5, 2013 in San Jose, California. The Sharks defeated the Canucks 5-2.
(May 4, 2013 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

    “Sometimes a change is best for all parties involved but nothing will take away from what Todd and his staff accomplished here over the last seven seasons.”

  7. Abdelkader set to make series debut for Wings

    Apr 20, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    Series shifts back to Detroit, with the clubs having split in Tampa Bay.

  8. Desperate Jets will ‘lean on’ their crowd tonight

    Apr 20, 2015, 11:22 AM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Winnipeg Jets Getty Images

    First playoff game in Winnipeg since 1996.

Featured video

Sens need to control emotions after Subban slash
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. M. Pacioretty (3568)
  2. K. Letang (3418)
  3. M. Fisher (2912)
  4. M. Stone (2789)
  5. J. Abdelkader (2749)
  1. Z. Kassian (2738)
  2. M. Perreault (2526)
  3. R. Nash (2490)
  4. S. Crosby (2216)
  5. P. Kane (2176)