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May 17, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) stretches during the warmup period before game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Are PK Subban's days as a Hab numbered?

In what has been a marriage made in heaven so far, today may have been the first step towards a nasty divorce between PK Subban and the Montreal Canadiens, leaving many fans angry at how the situation has been handled by their team’s General Manager.

Following the arbitration hearing this morning, Marc Bergevin declined to comment. While Subban did speak to the media, he did not seem too pleased with what transpired.

It begs the question: are PK Subban’s days as a Hab numbered? And if so, does Marc Bergevin get pushed out the door behind him?

I think it’s a valid question. Few players have relished playing in the pressure cooker that is Montreal. Subban is one of them, even thriving under the constant microscope he and his team are under.

Add to that his flamboyant personality, marketability and relationship with the fans and star goaltender Carey Price, and the ingredients are there to spell disaster for a team that many believed was finally headed in the right direction after years of aimless mediocrity.

Signing David Desharnais to a long-term deal? Ok, somewhat justifiable. Travis Moen? Didn’t work out, but I see what Bergevin was trying to do there. Bringing Thomas Vanek for a relatively low price at the trade deadline? Brilliant.

So how does a GM of the Year candidate fumble the most important contract negotiation Montreal has seen, perhaps ever? Well, I do believe some of it has to do with Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, whose other star defenseman client Drew Doughty had to hold out in order to get his current deal done. But that’s not to say Bergevin does not have a part of the blame.

I have tried to give Marc the benefit of the doubt, but in the event that PK Subban goes into the 2014-15 season without a long-term deal, I will be forced to side with those calling this a colossal failure, and if it results in Subban wearing a different jersey within two years, maybe even a fireable offence.

Right now, things are not looking positive.

Thanks for reading.

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