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Paying P.K. Subban

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Subban's talent makes him the heart of the Canadiens, but it's his swagger that makes him the team's soul. He's not just a player. He's an entertainer, a throwback to the days of Yvan Cournoyer, Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt. Subban may be Ontario-born, but he's a Flying Frenchman through and through.

His defensive play has matured. And so has he. The unflagging team-first spirit he displayed with Team Canada in Sochi while being relegated to the press box demonstrated his commitment to winning above all else. He's still learning how to make all the right sacrifices, but the willingness is there.

All those elements combine to make him the most irreplaceable player in the organization, and that's why his next contract should reflect that. Carey Price is a terrific goalie, and after his performance in Sochi, he now ranks among the very best in the world. But there are always capable goalies to be had, and Montreal has a pretty decent heir apparent in its system in Memorial Cup-winner Zach Fucale.

There's nobody else like Subban in the pipeline. Or anywhere else in the NHL, for that matter.

 

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This morning, Subban tweeted this,,,

 

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Good article. Not only for what was written, but what wasn’t.

Posted by SlimChance on 07/25/14 at 09:22 PM ET

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Carey Price is a terrific goalie, and after his performance in Sochi, he now ranks among the very best in the world. But there are always capable goalies to be had, and Montreal has a pretty decent heir apparent in its system in Memorial Cup-winner Zach Fucale.

I haven’t heard such idiotic nonsense since, since… well, since the last time someone talked about goalies.


* “There are always capable goalies to be had.” - This is not true. Furthermore, Price is more than, “capable.”
* And why is he even mentioning Price? Price has nothing to do with the topic at hand(signing RFA’s).
* I went to the link to read the entire article to see if there was context to explain Price being mentioned. - No context.
* Fucale? - Yes, he seems like a nice prospect, but that’s no reason to think he could replace Price. It’s Price fer gawd’s sake.

I guess he mentions Price to say that Subban should get more than Price. (Price has 4yrs at $6.5m/yr. A very healthy contract.)

I guess that’s why, but when I see Montreal media talking about how easily replaceable an elite goalie is, the hair stands up on the back of my neck.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 07/26/14 at 05:43 AM ET

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He mentions Price because elite defensemen are irreplaceable whereas, if you have elite defensemen then goaltending is replaceable.  The Wings, Pens, Hawks and even this year’s Kings all show that with elite talent in front of them, you don’t need elite goaltending.

Of course, having one elite defenseman does not negate the need for great goaltending, you need a great, cohesive d-corps that complements each other well before you start looking to let go of someone like Price.

Posted by Garth on 07/26/14 at 11:19 AM ET

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“The 25-year-old blueliner is coming off a bridge deal that earned him $3.75 million last season with a $2.875 million cap hit. It was an absurd bargain won by Bergevin”

Not such a winning bargain now. A low bridge contract is good only if the player doesn’t live up to expectations. When a player lives up to or exceeds expectations the previous contract would have been better to have had higher dollars and more years. Because Bergevin didn’t want to take a chance on Subban the Canadiens will pay much more than they would have had they not done a bridge deal. Subban reminds me of the old commercial , You can pay me now or you can pay me later. Bergevin is paying a lot more now for the next several years of Subban than if he didn’t do that “absurd bargain”  bridge deal.

Posted by Puckbubba on 07/26/14 at 01:07 PM ET

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