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Time To Pay Subban

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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stonehands-78's avatar

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?

and, of course, that’s the “$9 million per on an eight-year pact” question.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 07/30/14 at 07:57 PM ET

awould's avatar

Subban is worth more than $9M per on an 8 year deal.

Posted by awould on 07/30/14 at 11:19 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

I think they should do whatever it takes to get him signed to an 8-year deal. The salaries of superstars are only going up.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 07/30/14 at 11:38 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

If they go into arbitration taking the position that Subban should settle for a 1 year, $5.25 million deal, I’d say there’s a serious risk that they will have the same experience as Nashville in 2011 when they took Shea Weber to arbitration.

The club will likely rely heavily on Erik Karlsson’s contract. The player will be pointing to the Weber arbitration award.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 07/31/14 at 12:54 PM ET

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