Why don’t the Maple Leafs make an offer to P.K. Subban?

The question was clearly asked to a member of the Maple Leafs front office and the answer was just as direct.

Why not make a restricted free agent offer on unsigned defenceman P.K. Subban? Why not take a run at the best player not playing for the Montreal Canadiens?

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The answer: “We’re not against signing restricted free agents. It’s not like we have a policy or anything. But you only sign a player if you believe you will get that player. And I believe if we signed this player, Montreal would match the offer, and then what would be accomplished?”

This is the first side of the two-sided RFA debate. Getting the player. NHL general managers seem willing to do that part, at least in their minds. What they don’t seem willing to do is put competitors — in this case the Canadiens — in payroll difficulty by being forced to match offers they were unwilling to pay in the first place.


4 Responses to Why don’t the Maple Leafs make an offer to P.K. Subban?

  1. leafs_wallace93 says:

    So we’re to give up draft picks in compensation to get another defenseman? If the Leafs use the offer sheet it had better be for a franchise player, a center or a goaltender.

    I’m so sick of the endless musical chairs played with this blueline that never makes the team better or worse.

  2. nordiques100 says:

    The revolving door on D doesn’t help.

    I think they should move Franson for sure. and keep the 2nd and 3rd pairings as constant as possible.

    I’d like to see Gardiner play with Dion. But it may be a bit before Gardiner is playing at a high level.

  3. lafleur10 says:

    the habs would match the offer,or any offer made to pk subban

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