Updates on Jamie Benn, Ryan O'Reilly & P.K. Subban

The big three restricted free agents remain just that; unsigned and as a result the pressure may be starting to mount for either the club or the players.  Here’s the latest on all three.

First, P.K. Subban.  Well, not much to report here (cricket sounds).  As of yesterday, Darren Dreger of TSN.ca tweeted that there was no new updates on the Subban front and that the two sides remain far apart. Subban wants a long-term deal while the Montreal Canadiens are sticking to their two-year offer.  The financials also appear to be an issue with Subban said to be asking for around $4MM per season, while the Habs feel that $2.75MM is fair, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

Dave Stubbs reports that Subban’s agent has denied rumors that they’ve asked for a trade, stating they are simply untrue (via Twitter). 

Jamie Benn and his camp appear ready to get back on the ice.  Benn’s side has reportedly tabled on offer to the Dallas Stars according to Andy Stickland via Twitter.

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN thinks that the Benn will be the first of the three to sign and suggests that the two sides aren’t that far apart.  Dallas has remained adamant that they won’t go six-years for Benn, who led the team in scoring last season.  Benn does have some negotiating power given his stats and similar contracts given to comparable stars such as John Tavares, Phil Kessel, Jeff Skinner and Evander Kane.  LeBrun feels that if the Stars go a bit higher than Kessel’s, 5-year, $27MM, that would be enough to get Benn to sign.

Staying with LeBrun, he feels that Ryan O’Reilly is in the drivers seat when it comes to his new contract with the Colorado Avalanche.  He’s currently playing in the KHL and according to LeBrun “he’s making good money, tax free.”  The other side is he appears to be happy playing over there and is no rush to come back to the Avs, without what he considers a fair deal.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ch.habs.1 CH Habs

    at 2 yr/ 2.75M I see why subban and his agent are not signing. Low ballin him big time and basically telling him that they dont value him. SUBBAN accept an offer sheet get out of MTL you lived you dream you played from the team you grew up watching… but now its time to move on where you will be appreciated sir… How many teams have a 23yr old right handed D…that can play 25 mins against the best lines..amazing skater that can hit and make opponents think twice in the corners and enjoy playing the game and can shoot pass and score AND sell tickets… not many and im sure if they did they would lock that player LONG TERM!! but no not montreal ..and on top of that that one stupid network (RDS) keep trying to put dirt on your name>>id love to see him in MTL…but my advice is RUN while you can !!!!

  • sten swarty

    When Jamie Benn signs with Dallas it will be a day of joy for myself. With him and the rest of the team Dallas looks pretty solid especially the way the D and Goalie are playing. Half season makes it kind of bitter sweet though I guess.