Category Archives: Montreal Canadiens
While the Canadiens currently rank eighth in the NHL in goals-scored per game in the early part of the season, Habs GM Marc Bergevin wouldn’t mind adding a top-six winger, and with plenty of teams in the market for help on the backend, he could package a defenseman in order to obtain more offense.
The Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes are among the teams in the market for a defenseman, but the Habs aren’t the only club with a surplus of them.
Text Size BROSSARD, Que. — It wasn’t exactly smiles and high fives in the Montreal Canadiens dressing room on Tuesday over the news that P.K. Subban’s contract dispute had finally ended. In fact, the mood was surprisingly chilly on a team that started the lockout-delayed NHL regular season 3-1-0 without the flashy player who was their top defenceman last season.
The Montreal Canadiens have just signed restricted free agent PK Subban to a 2 year contract worth a total of 5.75 million.
Good news if you are a habs fan and didn’t want to see the Subban issue grow any more that it already has.
RDS.ca is reporting that the Flyers and Canadiens have been taking about a potential deal for Subban. It is noted that the Flyers are eagerly looking to find another top defender aftger they failed to land Weber in the summer.
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?
Sean Couturier would likely be the piece going back to Montreal for Subban. Btw 2 other teams have contacted MTL about Subban.
— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) January 25, 2013
As the P.K. Subban saga drags on, you have to wonder if there is a team out there that would consider an offer sheet for the defenceman, who remains far apart on a deal with the Montreal Canadiens following a meeting that yielded no progress Friday.
At the top of anybody’s list would be the Philadelphia Flyers, a club that tendered an offer to Shea Weber which was matched by the Nashville Predators last summer, and who lost another defenceman Friday when it was announced oft-injured Andrej Meszaros will be out for a month with a shoulder injury. With Chris Pronger’s career all but officially over because of a concussion, the Flyers have a need for a top blueline presence.
RDS.ca is reporting that two teams (The Senators and Hurricanes) have inquired about the services of Yannick Weber.
The Montreal Canadiens and restricted free agent defenceman P.K. 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.
Look for the Canadiens to use the Edler contract as a blueprint to resign Subban. hockeytraderumors.com
— hockeytraderumors (@hockeytraderumo) January 22, 2013
The contact dispute enters a new phase with the season opener and the early season results will have a bearing on the talks. Tomas Kaberle has moved into the top four on defence and if he can do the job and the Canadiens win a few games, Bergevin has bought some time and the pressure will be on Subban.
If the Canadiens stumble out of the gate, Subban is the winner and there will be pressure on the Canadiens to get a deal done. It’s one thing for a bunch of younger fans who didn’t pay for their tickets to Friday’s scrimmage at the Bell Centre to chant: “We want P.K.!” It will be another matter if the high rollers who buy season tickets take up Subban’s cause.