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by The Upper Canadien on 01/23/13 at 08:51 PM ET
Should he stay or should he go? If you believe the pundits, the Canadiens have offered Subban 2 years, $3 million per year - far too low. Subban, naturally, is offput by this offer, and wants 5 or 6 years, at $5.5-6 million per year - far too much. Who will blink first? The reality is that if the Habs deal Subban, the next decade will be spent looking for a physical, puck moving defenceman. Every draft year will be "can the Habs find the defenceman they need?" Every July 1st will be "what UFA defencemen can they Habs sign to anchor their defence?" Does this sound familiar? It should, because it echoes the past-decade search for a "big, strong, offensive centre," one that the Canadiens may have solved with Alex Galchenyuk, but it's far too soon to tell.
No, the Canadiens should not trade PK Subban. It could mark a disastrous start to Marc Bergevin's time as GM. A better approach? A one year contract, around $4 million dollars, to end the stalemate and let PK prove himself. The situation as it stands though befenefits no one. Time for Bergevin to act and get this done.
Two games in: the good
- Rene Bourque is a new man. He has been a physical force through the first two games, forming a strong line with Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec. If Bourque can keep this up, he will quickly put last year behind him and become a fan favourite.
- Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher: these two young guns bring energy and excitement to a lineup sorely lacking in offensive flair. If I had my way, they'd both stick around all year, and the Habs will be better for it if they do.
- Carey Price was fantastic on Tuesday against Florida, making some key saves in the third period to keep the Panthers out of it. A great start to the year for the Habs 'tender.
Two games in: the bad
- The Pacioretty-Cole-Desharnais line has been quiet to start the year. However, they looked better in game two. I suspect they'll come around soon.
- Tomas Kaberle has already lost his powerplay spot to Raphael Diaz. Clearly his best days are behind him, but surely he can be better than this?
And my favourite story thus far: Andrei Markov. He was ok on Saturday, but dominant in game 2, showing great positioning on defence and capitalizing for two goals. The doubts are being erased quickly - Markov's knees seem to be ok, and he's playing hard as he always did prior to his injury woes that began in 09/10. His first goal on Tuesday was his first in, get this, 24 months.
Onto Washington for Thursday. Should be a good game, as the Canadiens look for win number two against a frustrated Washington offence.
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