Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/11/13 at 12:01 PM ET
TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were what a rising salary cap means for PK Subban's contract negotiations, the coaching situation with the New York Islanders, the Buffalo Sabres' search for a new general manager, what stories emerged from Tuesday's Board of Governors meetings and Jakob Chychrun, the son of former Flyers defenceman Jeff Chychrun.
Q: With the cap going over $71 million and climbing even higher, what does this mean to P.K. Subban and his contract talks?
LeBrun: It could mean a lot. In many ways, he could be the poster child for young, star free agents and future negotiations. For guys like Alex Pietrangelo and Erik Karlsson, they signed long term deals because they were looking for security and didn't know where the salary cap was headed. Well, P.K. Subban and his advisors from Newport Sports know where it's going and it's going way up, so the debate for Subban is, do I sign an eight-year deal like a lot of people are expecting me to, but then, the salary cap might be at $100 million by the end of the eight-year deal, maybe I'm better off taking a shorter term deal, three or four years. Of course, the Montreal Canadiens will be looking for some long-term security themselves, so a big decision for Subban because the cap is going way up.
McKenzie: The players and agents are wondering who's going to be the guy who breaks the bank; who's going to be the guy who gets closer to the 20 per cent maximum salary that's allowed. If the salary cap is $75 million or $80 million in a couple of years, that's potentially $15-16 million a year. What player might command that kind of money?
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