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"He's a good player, but he remains a dangerous defender. It can get five goals, but allow five so the score would be equal. I always compare it to Brian Leetch because he also wants to play a more attacking style. It does not always take the right decisions and plays just like he did on the streets as a child."
-Alex Kovalev on P.K. Subban. More at RDS (translated).
thanks to The Score for the pointer
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Don’t get me wrong: I agree with (Jacques) Demers. In the room and on the ice, Markov might be the best choice to replace Brian Gionta as captain. He has the talent, the respect, the calm demeanor, the experience and that mysterious quality of leadership the position demands.
Markov would be (with his buddy, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals) one of only two Russian captains in the NHL. I just think he’s too smart to take the job....
And if the ‘C’ doesn’t go to Markov, where does it go? The Canadiens are fortunate to have several potentially good possibilities, even with Gionta and Josh Gorges in Buffalo.
Assuming that Markov wants no part of the job, the club could do worse than to pin the letter on the broad chest of Brandon Prust, as natural a leader as you can find. If he can stay healthy and contribute as he did during his first campaign with the Canadiens, Prust would make an excellent captain.
Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien also have about 72 million reasons to make P.K. Subban captain – and as many reasons not to make him captain, if you believe that the extra duties constitute an unwelcome distraction.
from the Montreal Canadiens,
On Saturday, general manager Marc Bergevin announced that the Canadiens had agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension with the 25-year-old rearguard that will keep him in bleu-blanc-rouge for the foreseeable future.
“My family and I are extremely happy to know that my future is going to continue with the Montreal Canadiens. That’s all I’ve ever wanted, and that’s exactly what happened. It hasn’t really settled in yet,” offered Subban, who spoke to members of the media via a conference call on Saturday evening. “During this process, I know a lot of different things have been said, but it’s been a healthy and respectful process. It’s been about making a deal that’s comfortable for myself and comfortable for the Montreal Canadiens. We accomplished that.
“I’ve had a great relationship working with Geoff Molson and Marc Bergevin through this process,” added Subban. “It’s been very respectful. Committing to me this way says a lot. I’m just happy to know that I’m going to be playing under Geoff Molson and Marc for the next eight years.”...
“This whole process has been an educational one for me. I’ve never been through a process like this before. I have to give total credit to Marc and his group that worked so closely to put this deal together. It’s not easy to negotiate an eight-year deal like this, and ultimately it was what both sides wanted,” explained the four-year NHL veteran, who registered a career-high 43 assists and 53 points in 82 regular season games in 2013-14, before pacing the Canadiens with 14 points in 17 postseason tilts en route to a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals. “Going through the arbitration hearing is a part of the process. It’s a part of learning. It’s a part of the game, and it’s a part of the CBA. We followed every step in terms of the process. I’ve always felt strongly about being a Montreal Canadien, and I never thought I’d end up anywhere else. I’m happy that this deal is in place. Now, I can focus on winning a Stanley Cup and trying to help my team win hockey games.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Saturday that the team has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension with defenseman P.K. Subban (2014-15 to 2021-22).
“We are very pleased to have reached a long term agreement with P.K. Subban. This agreement helps consolidate the future of our team. A key element of our group of young veterans, P.K. plays with a high level of intensity every time he steps onto the ice. Despite his young age, he carries a great deal of experience and brings contagious energy to the team. Defensemen of his level are a rare commodity in the NHL” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
Hockey news is slow this time of year and I hate to concentrate on one topic, but this is a good read...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
The Canadiens realize now that Subban wants more than they would like to offer. They have a value, he believes he has a higher value -- and is probably right when it comes to the open market. Is it because they want him to take a discount? Or, is it because they still have doubts about his game? Whatever the case, they now know this is going to cost them more than they wanted, or expected.
It's not the end of the world if Subban plays next year under an arbitration award. Montreal can sign him to a new deal after Jan. 1, 2015. Everyone can go back to their corners and calm down. But the Canadiens have to know by next summer. They simply cannot allow Subban to start the 2015-16 season without a long-term deal.
Subban can decide to accept Montreal's offer, but, as we move closer to his UFA status, history says that's unlikely.
Montreal has four choices now. It can accept the award and sit for a while. It can offer Subban eight years at what he wants. It can offer him a four-year deal at $34-$38 million and say, "Worst comes to worst, you hit the market again at age 29 with a higher cap." Or it trades him.
Numerous reports the Subban arbitration hearing is over.
I will update this post as needed.
By all indications, there has not been any agreement at this point.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
There are rumours the two sides are having all sorts of trouble reaching a long-term deal, and Meehan didn't throw cold water on that theory in his radio interview. Maybe the solution is a shorter deal that gives both sides another shot at this when Subban is 29 or 30, still in prime earning years for a defenceman.
While Meehan added that Subban hasn't "instructed us to attend to" making Subban the NHL's highest-paid blue-liner (Weber's $7.8M average annual value is tops), Canadiens fans are getting increasingly nervous. That fatalism grew when Subban told The National Post he's thought about the idea of playing for his hometown Maple Leafs.
"It's far too soon to have any thoughts," of Subban leaving Montreal, Meehan said. "We have a long period of time before P.K. becomes a UFA and really our objective is to concentrate our best efforts in trying to reach a settlement with Montreal on a long-term contract."
It's interesting watching Bergevin and Subban. The GM has shown he's unafraid to make bold moves, whether the fans support him or not. So far, he's been very successful. But Subban is also fearless. He believes 100 per cent he's going to accomplish everything he wants, no matter who stands in his way.
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
Now it’s time for Montreal to forgo the gamesmanship and pay.
Because of the aforementioned tough-love approach the coaching staff has taken with Subban at times and because his last negotiation resulted in a brief holdout before a team-friendly, two-year deal was signed, there’s always a seed of doubt when assessing No. 76’s future in Montreal.
That no deal has been struck yet makes speculation easier to spread, though Habs GM Marc Bergevin could well just be doing his due diligence in trying to ink Subban for as palatable a number as possible. When push comes to shove, however, does anybody doubt the best outcome for Montreal is a maximum-term deal that locks up the young superstar?
Of course, that can’t come at any cost, but even if Subban’s demands push up to $9 million per on an eight-year pact, aren’t the financially flush Habs better off shelling out than scrounging around for a doomed plan to replace their best skater?
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