The contract negotiations between the Montreal Canadiens and star defenseman P.K. Subban will resume this weekend according to TheFourthPeriod.com. But it doesn’t mean the two sides are any closer to a new contract that would see the Habs top defenseman return to their lineup.
The hurdles are large ones for both sides to overcome. Subban wants a long-term deal with an annual salary of around $4-$5 million while the Canadiens are offering a short-term deal worth around $2.75MM annually.
Given the standoff, many hockey experts are wondering if the tension between the two parties will lead to a trade that would allow the Habs to target a potential 50-goal scorer, including Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail. Gordon simply uses a player like Taylor Hall as an example of what the Canadiens could potentially receive in return for Subban (note: neither this site or Gordon is implying a Subban for Hall trade. He was merely comparing the talent level that Subban could fetch in a deal).
TFP reports that Mark Guy represents Subban along with Don Meehan. Guy has said that their camp will know which way the negotiations are headed after this weekend’s meeting. If the two sides remain far apart, look for the trade rumors to pick up a lot of steam.
Canadiens GM, Marc Bergevin has stated that he has no intentions of trading Subban, despite the rabid trade talk in the industry.
Last season Subban scored 7 goals and added 29 assists in 81 games for the Canadiens, while earning $875,000. Surely a raise is in store, but to the levels that Subban wants? We’ll keep you posted.