P.K. Subban signed his first contract on May 12, 2009 that contract was worth $875,000. Today Subban is looking for a long-term deal and what could amount to an almost $7 million raise. The 25-year-old Montreal Canadiens d-man is thought to be in line for a long-term deal that would be worth around $10M a year.
Subban may very well be the best defensemen in the NHL, and at 25 years old there is not telling how good he will become. Last season P.K. Subban made $3,750,000 and carried a cap hit of $2,875,000. Maybe it’s just sticker shock, but despite his production and on ice abilities I’m not seeing a $10 million a year.
One thing the Canadiens know they are getting from a player like Subban is physical play and ice time. Combine that with his age and leadership ability and maybe you reach $8.25 M a year, but I don’t like the idea of spending $10 million on a defensemen. The Canadiens were ranked 21st in the NHL in goals for, maybe they need to find an elite goal scorer and put the puck in the net.
On the flip side of that the Canadiens and Subban were 8th in the NHL in goals agents. That does deserve a stick-tap, but once again it’s not all because of P.K. Subban, or is it? If it is the Canadiens need to take a long hard look at their Stanley Cup hopeful roster. According to Cap Geek the Montreal Canadiens have $11,651,667 of cap space left before re-signing P.K. Subban.
Let me ask Canadiens fans this, are you willing to be in cap jail for the 2014-2015 season, and maybe longer to lock up Subban? If so I say good luck and hopefully Montreal gets the Cup they so desperately miss having.