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Subban: Sticking with Montreal ‘wasn’t about the dollar signs’

Aug 2, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT

P.K. Subban AP

P.K. Subban insists that contract negotiations and the salary arbitration process weren’t personal. Instead, his latest talks with the Montreal Canadiens were “educational.”

(Others would use words like “profitable” being that the end result was an eight-year, $72 million blockbuster.)

As much as hearings can leave emotional bruises, the 25-year-old defenseman sounds excited to remain with the Canadiens and emphatically stated that there are no hard feelings on his end. He said that staying with Montreal is all he ever “really wanted.”

“It wasn’t about the dollar signs,” Subban said. “Listen, If I could do a 20-year contract with Montreal, I would.”

Subban joked that he wanted a long-term deal before he “deserved one.” He also showed quite a bit of savvy about what goes into contract negotiations, mentioning projections of salary cap increases related to TV deals and other factors. He even said all the right things about learning things from the more judgmental part of the arbitration process.

Maybe most importantly, he emphasized that he believes that his relationship with GM Marc Bergevin, head coach Michel Therrien and team president Geoff Molson remains strong.

“I think it’s a strong commitment … It sends a strong message to me that they want me here and appreciate everything that I’ve done to this point. They believe in me as a player,” Subban said. “People don’t have to speculate about how the Montreal Canadiens feel about me.”

As much as Subban said all the right things, he didn’t confirm or deny the existence of a no-movement or no-trade clause, stating that he’s leaving those kind of details to his agent Don Meehan.

With the contract talk out of the way, people can get back to what really matters: wondering if he’s worth what he’s currently getting paid.

  1. sabatimus - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:07 PM


  2. milkmemalkin - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    wow not about the money yet he demanded a 9 million dollar cap hit what a schmuck.

    • scout202sport - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Where does it ever say that he “demanded” 9 million dollars. Please post a credible link to that ridiculous statement you just made.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    But the money didn’t hurt…

  4. clayman61 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    If it wasn’t about the money why didn’t he sign for 5.5 for 20 years? lol.. What a schmuck.

    • mpg44 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Exactly , if it was jot about money then why did it go to arbitration? What a clown. The have are now paying him more then Crosby .as much as I don’t like Crosby , he does play and score a lot more the Subban!

      • phtjoey - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        crosby signed his contract a couple of years ago. the market, cap and CBA were all different back then. he signed a 12 year contract for $100,400,000. stop comparing contracts that were given out in different times and conditions. you think doughty isn’t happy about this contract. subban just set the bar for all future superstar d men. this contract is a game changer and is in line with the new cba, cap, and era. hrr is expected to increase and subsequently the cap will go up. habs paid less for him now than they would have had to pay in 2 years when he would have been an RFA.

      • mpg44 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Still , there should be no way that the market value jumps that quick to have a player of lesser talent making more .

      • phtjoey - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        It jumps because WE the fans spend the money to see games and buy merchandise, NHL profits have increased from 450 mil to 1.5 bil since GB took over the league. owners and players are thrilled. That’s the nature of biz.

  5. btlpper68 - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    *insert picture of Pinocchio’s nose growing *

  6. rushledger - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    You really needed 9 million? 7.5 or 8 wouldn’t be enough? Yeah it’s a mil or a mil and a half but that adds up when you want to compete in the cap era, and it’s not like 7.5 would be playing for free either. Oh well not my problem.

  7. stakex - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Well, that statement is probably true…. sticking with Montreal indeed wasn’t about the money. The prolonged contract battle, and near miss with arbitration WAS about the money though.

    Its also funny to see a guy who now has the third highest cap hit in the league turn around and talk about how its “Not about the money”. Of course it is…. that’s pretty much ALL its about.

  8. paulerhythm - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Wow, watch Drew Doughty, Alex Petriangelo, Erik Karlson and Duncan Keith get 10M per year!

    • cgaz87 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Don’t forget about OEL wanting to renegotiate in a few years. Kid is a stud with higher potential. Best stick on puck in whole league. Check it out

  9. crazemastercraze - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Yeah , okay….

  10. 7mantel - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Showing his immaturity ,yeah he’s captain material !

  11. dubblelznhell - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    If he keeps performing the way he has been the last 3 seasons, and even improves on those seasons, he’ll be underpaid in about 4 years.

  12. bencia823 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    This is just hilarious. The guy is one of the best in the world at what he does, and has every right to ask for what he’s worth. Wanting a better contract than other players you are better than isn’t all about money, it’s about principles. Just because other elite d-men took deals prior to the $5.2B TV deal that’s helping grow revenue and increase player salaries, that doesn’t mean PK has to settle for less. As more elite D-men finish their contracts in the near future, they will likely see comparable (if not better) deals than this one.

  13. charlie24zz - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    PK could’ve let the arbitrator make his/her decision, and been a UFA in two years time. Imagine what AAV that contract would’ve been?

    So while it is really about the money, PK had the option to be more selfish and didn’t take it.

    Welcome back PK

  14. billiam55 - Aug 3, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    if thats the case why didnt u take that 5 million a year offer they gave u? wasn’t about the money my ass! this guys a total putz.

  15. bizzmoneyb - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    yea it wasnt about $$, thats why $6 mil per year wasnt good enough, $7 mil wasnt, $8 mil wasnt.. $9 mil? alrighty!! kind of funny when a guy who just signed a deal for one of the most lucrative comtracts in the sport says it wasnt about money. so then why didnt you take $5 mil per year and give the team alittle financial flexibility? hmmmm?? cause you’re full if BS.

  16. phtjoey - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    if you look at the hard facts it fairly easy to see that it wasn’t about the money. if it was subban would have signed 2 one year deals at approximately 7-8 million per/year, and then cash in big time with the team of his choosing as a UFA.

    bergevin gambled with the bridge contract and lost. subban would have probably signed a 5 year deal worth 25 mil 2 years ago. instead subban took the bridge contract and became a dominant player leading his team to the playoffs and playing very well during last season’s SC tournament.

    doughty decided to go with the big contract after his entry level deal expired. he went the opposite way of subban and lombardi didn’t gamble like bergevin did. lombardi played the easy hand and it paid off for him and the kings.

    So. Yes! It’s not all about the money though he will be making 12 million this year making up for the money he didn’t earn because of the bridge contract.

  17. sophiecarl - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    And, if i ever needed another reason to stop watching the canadiens, they just handed it to me on a silver platter.
    fat headed, not even close to being a team leader, and you pay the guy the way you do. Absurd.

  18. dlk75150 - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Montreal said they’d pay and so this contract is right. He came through and this shouldn’t even have come to this. Personally hate we he plays my team

  19. dolphincult - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I don’t hear anybody ripping the leafs for paying their below average captain 7 mill per year. That is where the nonsense really started. Or how about Phil Kessel for 8 million dollar cap hit? How did those idiot deals impact all the contracts going forward from that point?

    • dolphincult - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      …………and lets not even mention the laughable Clarkson deal

  20. kane987245 - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    “Sticking with Montreal wasn’t about the dollar signs” – PK Subban. Nice way to drive that point home with a $72 Million, $9 per year contract.

    • phtjoey - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      he could have signed for more money had he dragged out the process until he became an unrestricted free agent in 2016

  21. chief361 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:03 AM


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