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Subban signing not a good news story - it’s a great one

For Habs fans, the Subban signing is great, great news. Why? For starters, GM Marc Bergevin stood strong on his 2-year contract limit. He wanted a bridge contract. He got it. That looks good on Bergevin as a rookie GM.

For Subban, he takes less money than he could have gotten elsewhere, at $2.9MM a year, to show that he deserves more and, much more importantly, because he wants to stay in Montreal. Subban could easily have coaxed an offer sheet from elsewhere, but he wanted to be a Hab. When was the last time a player of his calibre felt that way? 

A 3-1 start, Subban signed, Galchenyuk and Gallagher staying for the season: things are looking up in Montreal - but as they always say, things aren't as good as they seem when you're doing well, and they aren't as bad as you think they are when you're not doing well. 

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This is an excellent contract for the Habs. Other GM’s should learn from this. You have to hold the line on salaries.

Posted by BlackXinu on 01/28/13 at 10:36 PM ET

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If GMs didn’t sign irresponsible contracts, there’d be no need for the league to lock out players while crying about sustainability.  For that alone, I like this contract. But it speaks volumes about Subban’s character that he’d rather play in MTL than to chase $$$ on the open market.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/29/13 at 08:55 AM ET


I was shocked when I hear the contract details. Good on Bergevin for getting him at such a rate, and good on P.K. for realizing he will hit the jackpot with his next deal (assuming he continues to improve at the same rate)

Posted by Chris M on 01/29/13 at 10:40 AM ET

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