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Subban, Habs can’t agree to terms before arbitration hearing

Aug 1, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT

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In the end, the Montreal Canadiens and restricted free agent P.K. Subban weren’t able to avoid potentially the unpleasant process of arguing his worth to an arbitrator. There was no last minute deal prior to the 9:00 a.m. ET hearing and it consequently went ahead as scheduled, per the Canadian Press.

Subban, who completed a two-year, $5.75 million contract, reportedly requested an $8.5 million salary for the 2014-15 campaign to the arbitrator while the Canadiens countered with $5.25 million. The arbitrator is not bound to pick one of those numbers and can instead choose any figure in between them.

A decision on the 25-year-old defenseman’s salary will come within the next 48 hours, but Subban and Montreal can still avoid that if they agree to terms before the ruling is announced. The 2013 Norris Trophy winner has expressed an interest in being a “lifer” with the Canadiens.

Obviously, going through with arbitration isn’t an ideal scenario for Montreal, especially given that Subban is a cornerstone of their franchise. This also isn’t the first time the two sides have had difficulty seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to his compensation. Subban missed the start of the 2013 campaign because he couldn’t agree to terms on a new contract with Montreal.


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  1. hockey412 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I wonder if he won’t sign a long term deal at $8.5M? I haven’t heard what term he’s looking for…anyone? If they aren’t locking him up it seems like they’re setting him up for an even bigger payday next year.

    • 7mantel - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Subban, who completed a two-year, $5.75 million contract, reportedly requested an $8.5 million salary for the 2014-15 ?Looking for 8.5M or am i misunderstanding something ?

      • hockey412 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        I was thinking in terms of years. He wants $8.5M for next year, but is he saying $8.5M for next year, but if you want me 8 years that’ll be $10M/year, or what. $8.5M for one year seems dramatic. But in 3-4 years, $8.5M may not be a bad deal.

        Whether he’s worth the money or not, I can’t say…he’s going to get paid at some point. I just haven’t heard how many years he’s looking for.

      • 7mantel - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Thought I was misunderstanding you, I would guess he is only negotiating 8.5 for the 14/15 season .

    • phtjoey - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      reports from a montreal paper had him requesting a 64 mil contract for the allowable maximum number of years under the current cba.

  2. gmenfan1982 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    First off, I don’t understand the Habs constantly putting off signing Subban to a multi year deal. Secondly, although I do think Subban is a top tier defenseman, 8.5/year is a bit high.

    • billiam55 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      maybe bc subban wants a lot of money?

  3. drewsylvania - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Subban is good, but not particularly in his own end. The Habs know this, hence the extension difficulties.

    • billiam55 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      i honestly think he is overrated. yes he is talented in terms of offense, which is why he won the norris, but in no way is he an actual shut down defenseman.

      • 7mantel - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Agree ! Shut down defenseman don’t flop all over the place !

  4. c1md6 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Looks like ol PK is gonna take a dive right into arbitration eh?

  5. storminator16 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Just pay the man, Bergevin. You have your comparables and you know you have provincial taxes to deal with. Not sure why PK and his agent don’t go out and look for an offer sheet. I’m sure playing in Montreal is wonderful but you only got one shot to cash in. There has to be a GM out there who is willing to give up 4 first round picks to get PK signed.

    • phtjoey - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      he’s not eligible to receive an offer sheet once they are in arbitration.

      • storminator16 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Forgot about that. Thanks! Starting to think Meehan didn’t think this would ever get to this point.

  6. phtjoey - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    bloody shame and disgraceful conduct by bergevin and geoff molson for letting this happen. if i’m subban i’m speaking “lifer” but planning to get out of montreal as a UFA in 2 years which should fetch him close to 10 mil p/year. makes you wonder if the habs see him as a cornerstone of their organization. anyway… they made their bed. screw them. subban can go to arbitration next year, and sign another one year contract. then the habs will be forced to trade or lose him to FA.

  7. jinx21fan - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    I can’t help thinking Bergevin, and the Canadiens, are seriously mishandling Subban and his contracts. First that insistence on the “bridge contract” cost them. Now this. Subban may say he wants to be a lifer, I don’t see that happening.

    He’s going to get paid, like it or not. They have to decide if its going to be them writing the cheques. If not, start making calls.

  8. rushledger - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    I don’t really care for Subban, and I do think 8.5 is definitely too much for him, but I will also say 5.25 is a lowball offer from Montreal.

  9. clayman61 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I agree with Billiam55..

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