Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/03/14 at 05:44 AM ET
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.
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