Talks between star defenseman P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens continued this past weekend but the two sides don’t appear to be any closer to a deal. Speculation is now running wild that the Canadiens could end up trading Subban or risk losing him to an offer sheet. Here’s the latest:
- Renaud Lavoie via Twitter reports the Habs offered Subban a two-year deal worth $2.2MM in year one and $2.9MM in year two.
- But that doesn’t appear to be enough as Andy Strickland was told that the biggest issue is the term of the deal. The Canadiens are set on a “gap” deal for only two years, while Subban wants a long-term contract.
- James Mirtle wonders if a team could come in and sign Subban to an offer-sheet, pay him what he wants ($5MM) and only give up a 1st and 3rd round pick. Mirtle feels that if a club is giving up a late 1st round pick, there could be some logic to this.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN via Twitter says the Canadiens will not try and trade Subban but rather try and cement a new deal. While things could change LeBrun thinks that’s the Habs position right now.
- meanwhile, Subban’s agent Don Meehan refuses to discuss the situation, stating it would be a breech of confidence, courtesy of Dave Stubbs via Twitter.
- there have been rumors that the Philadelphia Flyers are interested in Subban via trade and would offer Sean Couturier. But a source close to the Flyers said that is completely false and there is no way Philadelphia would part ways with Couturier.
As of this morning there hasn’t been anything new to report surrounding Subban, bringing his future in Montreal into question. If the Habs don’t increase their offer and Subban continues to sit, will another club try and trade for him or better yet, sign him to an offer-sheet; a move that could force GM Marc Bergevin‘s hand.
We’ll keep you posted.