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Subban: Contract in arbitrator’s hands now

Aug 1, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

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P.K. Subban has completed the “educational” process of going through a salary arbitration hearing. He will now have to wait up to 48 hours to find out what his contract with the Montreal Canadiens for the 2014-15 campaign will be worth.

Montreal and the 25-year-old defenseman can still negotiate and sign a long-term contract until the arbitrator announces her decision, but Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, said there are no plans to do so, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston and CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

“We have to live with those decisions,” Subban said, referring to the arbitrator’s upcoming ruling.

Subban reportedly requested a $8.5 million salary while the Canadiens countered with $5.25 million. The arbitrator is free to value him at any amount between those two figures.

Since signing a two-year, two-year, $5.75 million contract, Subban has won the Norris Trophy in 2013 and recorded 53 points in 82 games in 2013-14.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin declined to comment after the hearing.


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

  1. lowenni - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Montreal should’ve tried harder to keep this from going to arbitration because Subban is gonna win what he wants. He’ll have to get at least 8, and he does deserve that. No way Montreal has leverage in these discussions though offering 5.5 mil and with Subban having a Norris to his name.

    • lowenni - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      That is–it’s debatable whether or not he DESERVES that, but on today’s market, with his hardware and poin totals, it’s simply is what he’s worth.

      • withseidelinn - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        Exactly. It is fairly difficult to argue against a guy that has won the award for best defenseman in the league. They asked him to prove himself during the bridge contract. I think a Norris is the best possible way of doing that. What he deserves – thats a whole different story.

      • lowenni - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        Haha why did I get 8 thumbs down for that and then a comment agreeing with me gets 19 ups.

    • hockey412 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      I normally agree with you but I think it should be less. I think he would definitely be worth 8 or 8.5 on a longer term deal (with player salaries going up)…but on a one year deal, I can see it being a bit less. I think a one year deal only benefits Subban in the end though, unless he has a bad year.

    • pjblake2redwings - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      I agree he is worth more than the 5.5 mil he was offered by MTL but no way 8 mil. I bet he gets in the 7.2 range

  2. lakeshoreleafsfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    I will have a field day if the arbitrator rules more in the Canadiens’ favour than in Subban’s favour. PK is so much in love with himself; he acts like he’s the best and still needs maturing. So, if the arbitrator rules anything 6 mil and under, that’s the hard reality that PK needs and a nice way of saying “you can’t always get what you want” If the arbitrator rules anything 6 mil and over, PK’s already over-sized ego will just grow bigger

    • dolphincult - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Ya lets debate that great captain phaneuf. How dare a peasant leaf fan say anyting about pk? The idiots who gave him that 7 mill for many more years is why pk will get paid big in the first place.
      So s.t.f. Up

      • lakeshoreleafsfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Oh, so just because Phaneuf gets overpaid, everybody else has to as well? Yeah, that makes sense. I would tell PK that the only reason he would get 5.25 mil if it was upto me is because he’s immature (and Phaneuf is too boring of a person to be that way) who likes to chirp but doesn’t like it when he’s the one being chirped. In other words, he can dish it but can’t take it. He must’ve been taking lessons from Sidney Crosby because PK is turning himself into a whiny, diving crybaby

      • dolphincult - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:30 AM

        Even Keith Yandle makes 5.25 mll. so quit with the habhate u leaf homer

  3. withseidelinn - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    The Canadiens are shooting themselves in the foot here. Best case scenario they award him a 1-2 year deal worth less than $7m. Then after that deal expires, and Subban has improved MORE, what does he demand then? $10 million? Should have ponied up while they had the chance and done 7 years x 7-8m.

    • elrock7 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      It can only be a 1 year deal, because that’s what Habs filed for. Unless they get a contract done before the ruling.

    • 101starmymedic - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      110% agree with this. Lock this guy up now while the cap is lower so in 2 years when the leagues bottom line has gone up along with his maturity, skill, and value, he’s not asking for 7 years at 9-10 per.

  4. canada2014gold - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Lol Montreals GM is just retarded, Subban is gone now for sure. Good luck getting fair value for a guy that wants out. Bad days ahead for Montreal fans.

  5. billiam55 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    time to get the popcorn out. this could get ugly.

  6. gg4711 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Theres no way Subban deserves 8.5 mil. He should get the same or less that Doughty, despite Phaneuf and Campbell being largely overpaid. Chara and Kieth have recently won Norris trophies but arent even getting 7 mil. Kieth, Doughty, Chara, Suter, and Weber are in a whole different league than Subban, just to name a few.

    • jaguar0413 - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Yeah, but Subban is arguably more important to the Habs than any of the guys you mentioned. Who else does Montreal have that’s anywhere near the same class as Subban? That’s why he can demand $8.5 million. It doesn’t mean he’s going to get it, but the argument makes sense.

      If he were to get a long term deal, I could easily see it being in the $7.5 to $8 million range. The cap is going up and Letang, Phaneuf and Campbell are all over $7 million per year. He’s significantly better than each of them, so there’s no way he’s going to settle for anything under $7 million.

  7. ronniethec - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    If you were a GM and you could pick one defenseman to build your team around, price not being a factor, would you choose P.K.? I wouldn’t. He may be in my top 5, but #1 would be Drew.

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      PK wouldn’t even be in my top five. But yes, Doughty would be #1 for me

      • jaguar0413 - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        My Top 5 list:
        1. Mike Green
        2. John Carlson
        3. Brooks Orpik
        4. Matt Niskanen
        5. Karl Alzner

      • jaguar0413 - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        If you excluded Caps, then how is Subban not in your top 5? Who’s ahead of him?

        My actual top 5:
        1. Doughty
        2. Weber
        3. Subban
        4. Suter
        5. Pietrangelo

  8. cutelittleguy02 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    I don t think he will get 8.5M. He should have around 7.5M if lucky;)

  9. desertfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Before award i’d go 5 x 8M with no trade restrictions.

    • dolphincult - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      good luck

  10. dolphincult - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    He will get atleast 7. See you leaf homers in a few days

  11. buffalo65 - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    8 years 9 per.

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