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How Does $8M Per Year Sound For P.K. Subban?

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

... The Habs will soon find out, it’s probably in the neighbourhood of $8-million per year. Which, needless to say, is a very nice neighbourhood.

The Tampa game was a handy illustration of why Subban is a unique commodity on the hockey marketplace: no other defenceman in the league brings quite the same combination of edge-of-the-seat offensive dynamism, punishing physicality and defensive smarts – the closest analogue is like L.A. Kings’ defenceman Drew Doughty (who signed an eight-year, $56-million contract before the last lockout, which averages to $7- million per season).

Since being taken to task by coach Michel Therrien after a grisly turnover led to a back-breaking goal against the Colorado Avalanche – and being fingered for another one that wasn’t clearly his fault – he has only been on the ice for two even-strength goals against in 12 periods (he’s also managed three points, and a team-best 23 shots on net).

He has also played more minutes.

You want him to show he can be airtight in his own end? Okay. Want him to still continue driving possession and leading the team in scoring? He can do that.

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Down River Dan's avatar

$8,000,000 for a Defenseman not named Orr, Lidstrom, Robinson, is nuts. That guy is a loose cannon if ever there was one. Talented…Yes…But the Habs are crazy if the sign that deal.

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/14/13 at 01:22 PM ET

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That guy is a loose cannon if ever there was one.

Sure.

Posted by Garth on 11/14/13 at 01:36 PM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

You can say he doesn’t measure up to the legends of the game, but they don’t set the salaries, the current stars do.  Like his style and personality or not, he’s one of the top defensemen in the league right now, he’s going to get at least $7 mil per year.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 11/14/13 at 02:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Shea Weber.  That’s who I will think of if the Habs sign him for $8 million.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 11/14/13 at 07:06 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Remember; with the cap estimated to go up more signing a true #1 defenseman (If you think he is that; which I’m not really suggesting, just noting that they have to be considering him such to pay him like that) to an 8M contract will feel like an albatross this year, pricey next year, pretty logical the year after and a bargain in years four and five.  That’s how these deals tend to go.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 11/14/13 at 11:43 PM ET

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