SHOULD CANADIENS SIGN OR TRADE SUBBAN?

The Montreal Canadiens and restricted free agent defenceman P.K.ย Subban appear no closer to agreeing on a new contract, and as the club continues to play games without one of their top blueliners, the possibility of the club trading Subban if they can’t sign him is becoming a point of conversation.

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, speaking during The Quiz on the NHL on TSN on Wednesday night, was asked if the Canadiens will eventually sign or trade their prized rearguard.

“I think it’s ultimately heading toward a trade,” said McKenzie. “They’re just too far apart on the term of the contract – P.K. wants long, the Canadiens want two years – and they’re probably at least $2.5 to $3 million per year apart on where they want to be. Ultimately I think this ends up in a trade.”

Since the lockout ended, Subban has said several times that he is committed to working out a deal and staying with the Canadiens.

Speaking to the Montreal Gazette in Thursday’s edition, Subban confirmed his desire to stay with the team, but said that economics do play into the situation.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=414354


20 Responses to SHOULD CANADIENS SIGN OR TRADE SUBBAN?

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    If Bergevin is so unwilling to gibe him the term he wants, how many GMs in the league will be jumping at the chance to give an only slightly proven (though very talented) D man term and money with the cap dropping so much next season.

    I’m not saying that a trade is impossible, but I think if it does happen the Habs might get less than PK is worth. Plus the French will riot in the streets.

  2. nordiques100 says:

    This is a real interesting case. I think Subban should follow in everyone else’s footsteps in Montreal and sign a short term deal. Price did, Desharnais did, Pac did, Pleks, Gorges, Markov, pretty well everyone before him did sign short, then, after they proved it, they signed long term.

    I can’t believe they are that far apart. Really hoping the Habs stand their ground and not give into him. even if it means him missing a full year.

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      It goes beyond that it set the bar across the league. On the surface I’d like to see the market driven up forcing small market teams to have to sacrifice players to bigger markets however the reality would play out as we’ve seen. Small markets will cut ties with secondary players and will always pony up for good young talent. So everyone is better off if Subban doesn’t get paid.

  3. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Gardiner for Subban?

    • nordiques100 says:

      interesting as well. my bet would be 90% leaf nation would hate it cause Gardiner will win Norris, 95% of hab nation will hate it b/c PK is better than Orr ever was. Thats Bobby Orr, not Colton.

      Pretty even trade though talent wise. Dressing room wise, not sure i want that headache.

      • lafleur10 says:

        are you kidding me talent wise!! gardiner couldn’t cary subban’s jock! pk is twice the defenceman he is!

        • Steven_Leafs0 says:

          only twice? PK IS GENERATIONAL TALENT!!! HE IS LIKE 346378246537826578362578 TIMES BETTER THAN GARDINER!! SIGN HIM FOR 8 YEARS 10M A YEAR ALREADY SO I CAN SOIL MY PANTS WATCHING HIM PLAY!!!!

          Did you guys like my imitation of Lafleur? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        PK wants Dion money but Dion did a hell of a lot more when he signed his RFA extension. Gardiner is better because he’s still on a rookie contract so he’s on the cheap. Sure PK is a better defenseman today but Gardiner upside is twice that of PK’s. Gardiner reaching that potential is a gamble. I think the deal is pretty fair seeing how it both parties feel they’re giving up too much.

        I just think Gardiner is a tradeable commodity with Reilly in the system.

        • JoelLeafs says:

          Plus having PK thrive on the top pairing would burn Montreal fans for years to come.

          It’s a tough call, but if PK and Bergevin can’t agree on a contract it’s a good return. Could burn either team in the long run, but could also work out well for both. Hard to send a guy like PK into you division, though.

    • lafleur10 says:

      not a chance we’ll keep pk thanks!

  4. Probably many. That’s kinda’ the reason GM’s got themselves in trouble and needed a lockout.

  5. ZillyHoo says:

    Generational talent deserves what he wants

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